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Saturday, January 19, 2013

7 Round Mock Draft for Detroit Lions

        The Detroit Lions head into the 2013 NFL draft holding the fifth overall pick. With holes on both the offense and defense, General Manager Martin Mayhew has a ton of work to do this off-season, finishing through the draft.

FirstRound: 5th Overall Pick, Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M- The Lions will not be using their franchise tag this off-season, according to Martin Mayhew. Cliff Avril will likely demand a long term contract worth upwards of 10 million a year, which Detroit won’t match. This leaves the Lions with a rapidly declining 34 year old Defensive end in Kyle Vanden Bosch. Vanden Bosch is coming off a 3.5 sack season, in which his snaps in practice were very limited due to his nagging neck and leg injury's. The other two DE's on the roster that made significant contributions are soon-to-be free agents in Willie Young and Lawrence Jackson. The Lions need some youth within their ends and Moore will do just that. I’ve been back and forth with Moore and fellow DE Bjoern Werner as the Lions 5th pick, but Moore has made the most of his opportunity's and displays a much higher ceiling. Moore displays great athleticism and speed of the edge, which will translate very nicely into the Lions wide-9 defense that predicates itself on speed off the edge. He struggles with run defense, and his hands don’t get into offensive lineman as quick as you’d like, but with the right coaching Moore will become the next line of stud defensive ends at the next level.

SecondRound: 36th Overall Pick, Xavier Rhodes, FSU, CB-Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham said after the season, that on his off-season wish list will be adding bigger corners for his defensive scheme next season. Mayhew said he needs to find playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. With Rhodes, the Lions get both. Standing 6’2, Rhodes is one of the most physical bump and run corners in this draft. The only question on Rhodes, will he be around for the second round. He displays very good ball skills, while snatching three picks this season for Florida State. The Lions would gladly select Rhodes in the second round if available.

ThirdRound: 65th Overall Pick, Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, S- Phillip Thomas has everything you look for in a safety. Thomas has great ball skills, as he led the nation in interceptions with 8, and brings physicality in the run game with his hard-hitting style of play. At 6’1, he would add a viable backup option if oft injured safety Louis Delmas can't stay on the field. Another big body in the Lions depleted secondary to can only help at this point.

FourthRound: The Lions traded their fourth round draft pick last year in an effort to trade up for the 138th pick in the fifth round and select Tahir Whitehead.

FifthRound: 130th Overall Pick, Ace Sanders, South Carolina, WR- The Lions need a jolt in their return game, and Ace will bring that. As potentially the most explosive player coming out of this year’s draft, Sanders had 45 receptions and 9 touchdowns last year for the Gamecocks. Standing 5’8 and 170 pounds, Sanders doesn’t have the size to become a number one receiver, but will bring explosive plays the Lions lacked last season to their offense and special teams. He had 28 punts for 429 yards and two TDs in 2012 leading to his selections first team all-SEC as a punt returner.

SixthRound: 161st Overall Pick, Kerwyn Williams, Utah State, RB- Mayhew said his biggest mistake was believing Jahvid Best would come back for 2012, he won’t make that mistake again. Williams had 1,512 yards on 6.9 ypc at Utah State in 2012, showing his big play ability with 8 rushing and 3 receptions of 50+ yard plays. Williams is very explosive, and would add a different dimension that the Lions lacked last season with big plays out of the backfield. With Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure already in place as the every down backs, Williams can come in and help in the return game and on third down situations. He is small for a running back, but for what the Lions need out of him, he would be great value in the 6th round. 

SeventhRound: 195th Overall Pick, Travis Bond, North Carolina, OG-At 6’7 330 pounds, Bond is a physical run-blocking guard who would come in as a project for new offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn for the Lions in 2013. A big run blocking guard who could be groomed as the eventual replacement for incumbent Stephen Peterman would be a solid initial challenge for the new coach.


  1. Pretty much what I was thinking too! Only I see them trading the 5th overall and drafting an OL in the first and using the aquired 2nd on a DE.

  2. I don't see a team willing to make a trade up to #5. The last three trades into the top 10 were for skill positions (RGIII, Morris Claiborne, Julio Jones).

  3. There's still a long time until draft day and players stocks are rising and falling. And we have the Bills and Cards right behind us, so maybe a team wants to leapfrog to take a QB.

  4. Just don't see it at this point but someone could certainly make a huge jump in a weak class like this. Thanks for the read.

  5. There's no way Rhodes last until the second...I wish it were so.

  6. I disagree with your assessment of Moore. I don't think he has the speed to beat tackles off the edge. He does have a high motor, good playing strength and great instincts. Werner has more potential as a pass rusher, speed off the edge, able to to seperate himself from blockers with his hands. I think they're both fine players but would rate Werner a little higher.

    1. We differ on two key issues. I firmly believe from the film I've watched that Moore has a quicker first step and has the speed to get around premier tackles. His playing strength is an issue, something that must be dealt with in order for him to become a complete end. I like Werner and the Lions can't go wrong with either of them, however, I believe Moore has a higher upside due to his athletic prowess. Thanks for the read.

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