|April means it's time to get serious about mocking out the first round of the NFL draft, and with that in mind, I seriously keep trying to put the Lions and Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford together at No. 1. But I can't do it, even if Stafford was "flawless" Tuesday in a private workout for Detroit, prompting some draft observers to breathlessly predict it was a "done deal" with the Lions.|
Not so fast there, draft-niks. When the Lions sign Stafford to a pre-draft contract is when it'll be a done deal. Not until. There's still plenty of support in Detroit's building for taking Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, and that's why we're opting for continuity at the top, leaving Smith in the No. 1 slot that he has occupied since our March mock.
Editor's Note: This mock draft, originally published prior to the Jay Cutler trade, has been updated to reflect Thursday afternoon's deal between the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. (Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.)