Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds

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General Manager Martin Mayhew Still Has A Lot Of Decisions To Make

General Manager Martin Mayhew Still Has A Lot Of Decisions To Make
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The Detroit Lions have six picks in the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. General manager Martin Mayhew has addressed some key weaknesses in the team during the first two weeks of free agency, but a lot of work still needs to be done. Mayhew is hoping his draft picks will bring in the needed talent to get back to having a shot at making the playoffs.

The Lions made a splash in the first week of free agency and have now gone into draft pick evaluation mode. They know they need to fill gaps on their offensive line. The recent acquisition of running back Reggie Bush will only work if his line can give him the lanes to exploit. Matthew Stafford needs to stay on his feet and have the time to find stud Calvin Johnson.

The recent additions to the defensive backfield have given the Lions some more leeway in who they draft with their six picks. The team can focus on drafting a playmaker in the linebacking core and a speedy defensive end to compliment new signing Jason Jones.

One major change in mock draft is the omission of my first round pick Jarvis Jones. The linebacker out of Georgia is coming off a weak combine and questions about his past injuries have arisen. The Lions might be better off staying away from a player who might not be able to fulfill his promise in the pros.

The following is my mock draft for the Detroit Lions six picks in the draft’s seven rounds.

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First Round: Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama Crimson Tide

First Round: Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama Crimson Tide
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Chance Warmack, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound product out of Alabama, will be asked to create the same holes for Reggie Bush as he did for Trent Richardson. The Detroit Lions need all the help they can get protecting Matthew Stafford and using the fifth overall pick in the draft may be the necessary cost.

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Second Round: Sam Montgomery, Outside Linebacker, Louisiana State

Second Round:  Sam Montgomery, Outside Linebacker, Louisiana State
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If Sam Montgomery falls to the Detroit Lions in the second round, they will jump at selecting him. The 6-foot-3 262-pound linebacker out of LSU is destined to have a long career in the NFL.

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Third Round: William Gholston, Defensive End, Michigan State

Third Round:  William Gholston, Defensive End, Michigan State
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The Detroit Lions have bolstered their defensive backfield via free agency so they can use this pick to address a need at defensive end. William Gholston out of Michigan State would fill that need in a heartbeat with his speed and tackling ability.

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Fourth Round: No Pick

Fourth Round:  No Pick
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Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions don't have a pick in the fourth round of the draft. Schwartz will hope the team's other picks will keep him as coach for years to come.

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Fifth Round: Reid Fragel, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Fifth Round:  Reid Fragel, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
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With the Detroit Lions going out and bolstering the defensive backfield, another pick can be used to add depth to the weak offensive line. Reid Fragel from Ohio State fits the bill and his 6-foot-8 frame will be hard to get around.

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Sixth Round: David Bakhtiari, Offensive Guard, Colorado

Sixth Round:  David Bakhtiari, Offensive Guard, Colorado
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Depth, depth and more depth in the offensive line. David Bakhtiari will bring the skills he learned at Colorado to the pros to help protect Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety, Nebraska

Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety, Nebraska
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You can never have enough speed on your defense and that's where the Detroit Lions will look to go with their final selection. Speedster free safety Daimion Stafford out of Nebraska will crack a lineup in the NFL and he'll have his best shot with the Lions.

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