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Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Detroit Lions Seven-Round Mock Draft

Detroit Lions Seven-Round Mock Draft
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The Detroit Lions come into the 2013 NFL Draft after having enduring a season no one thought they would have to go through. They finished the season in last place in the NFC North with a record of four wins and 12 losses. Head coach Jim Schwartz is on the hot seat. He needs a talent upgrade in many positions and the franchise is looking to the draft to make a quick turnaround up the standings.

Last year’s selection of Riley Reiff at offensive tackle hasn’t panned out yet and some are pondering whether his selection was out of ex-Lions executive Matt Millen’s long lost playbook. The team’s glaring weakness coming in are in the defensive backfield and the draft will be used to retool that area.

Running back is an area of concern as Mikel Leshoure may never return to full health and the stable of back-ups just don’t cut it. Reiff’s questionable impact makes an offensive lineman a good bet, but the key to the 2013 draft for the Lions will be their first pick.

The Lions have the fifth pick overall and will be looking to put a play maker in the Linebacking core behind a powerful line of Nick Fairley and star Ndamukong Suh. The Lions have some options, but they hope the chips fall their way and the stud backer they are looking for also falls into their laps.

This draft could be make or break for this core of players and coaches. The team only has six picks in seven rounds, but potentially four or five could become starters right away.

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First Round: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

First Round: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
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Jarvis Jones has had a long journey to that of potential top draft pick in 2013. Southern California misdiagnosed a simple neck injury, so he decided to play his football at Georgia and the rest is history. The NFL just today cleared the way for him to play in the league brcause Jones is the top rated Linebacker in this draft and will get a chance to start right away if the Detroit Lions get lucky and draft him.

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Second Round: Giovani Bernard, Running Back, North Carolina

Second Round: Giovani Bernard, Running Back, North Carolina
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The Detroit Lions need an every down running back and Giovanni Bernard is that player. The questionable health of Mikel Leshoure and rest of average back-ups means that Bernard, the North Carolina prospect, would get most of the carries.

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Third Round: Shawn Williams, Strong Safety, Georgia

Third Round: Shawn Williams, Strong Safety, Georgia
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There were too many big plays both rushing and passing on the Detroit Lions defense with the team needing to upgrade at the defensive back positions. Shawn Williams, a strong safety at 5'11' 213 lbs out of Georgia, is just one step in a big rebuilding process.

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Fifth Round: Tyrann Mathieu, Cornerback, Louisiana State

Fifth Round: Tyrann Mathieu, Cornerback, Louisiana State
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The Detroit Lions have excelled at getting the ball into the hands of their play makers. At the moment, they don't have too many on the defensive side of the ball, hence why Louisiana State's Tyrann Mathieu is a perfect fit. The NFL has had a long history of looking past players' indiscretions and the same will be done with the Honey Badger.

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Sixth Round: David Bakhtiari, Offensive Guard, Colorado

Sixth Round: David Bakhtiari, Offensive Guard, Colorado
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David Bakhtiari, a 6'4", 300 pound offensive guard out of Colorado, would add depth to the Detroit Lions offensive line. His pick should make up for last year's first round miss, Riley Reiff.

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Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety, Nebraska

Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety, Nebraska
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Any team can never have enough quick defensive backs. Nebraska free safety Daimion Stafford fits that bill and will make an interesting training camp for all backs in the Detroit Lions stable.

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