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APC Mock Draft, Picks 45-47: Lions Grab Easley, Joyner and Verrett Follow

The focus shifts back to defense for the next few picks, as our picks for Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Dallas' second-round picks are in.

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As we continue on with the second round of the Acme Packing Company mock draft, we find that attention has shifted from offense to defense, at least for this trio of draft projections. The three teams in this batch (Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Dallas) all addressed defensive needs with their first-round picks and do so again in round two. Check out the picks below and let us know what you think in the comments.

#45: Detroit Lions (Dan)

Dominique Easley, defensive tackle, Florida

The Lions got the stud cornerback they so desperately needed with the 10th pick overall, at pick No. 48 they get a once highly regarded defensive linemen out of Florida, Dominique Easley. Easley was once believed to be a top 10 pick, but after suffering two ACL tears in consecutive years, the jurry is out on his football future. The Lions have told DT Nick Fairley they need more production out of him in 2014, by bringing in Easley that message reaches Fairley loud and clear.

Previous selection:
1.10 Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Oklahoma State

#46 Pittsburgh Steelers (Aron)

Lamarcus Joyner, defensive back, Florida State

The Steelers will be fixing a lot on the defensive side of the ball due to age. Joyner could play safety as well with Ryan Clark leaving for Washington and Troy Polamalu declining.

Previous selection:
1.15 Anthony Barr, outside linebacker, UCLA

#47 Dallas Cowboys (Tex)

Jason Verrett, cornerback, Texas Christian University

Verrett falling this far would be a surprise, and a welcome one for a Cowboys defense that desperately needs help in the secondary. Verrett might very well be able to supplant the disappointing Morris Claiborne as the starter on day 1.

Previous selection:
1.16 Timmy Jernigan, defensive tackle, Florida State

Round 2 Recap

Pick Team Player Position School
33 Houston Texans Demarcus Lawrence OLB Boise State
34 Washington Redskins Calvin Pryor S Louisville
35 Cleveland Browns Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
36 Oakland Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State
37 Atlanta Falcons Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Davante Adams WR Fresno State
40 Minnesota Vikings David Yankey G Stanford
41 Buffalo Bills Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois
42 Tennessee Titans Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
43 New York Giants Joel Bitonio OT/G Nevada
44 St. Louis Rams Allen Robinson WR Penn State
45 Detroit Lions Dominique Easley DT Florida
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Lamarcus Joyner CB/S Florida State
47 Dallas Cowboys Jason Verrett CB TCU