Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds
General Manager Martin Mayhew Still Has A Lot Of Decisions To Make
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.
First Round: Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama Crimson Tide
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.
Third Round: William Gholston, Defensive End, Michigan State
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.
Fourth Round: No Pick
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.
Seventh Round: Daimion Stafford, Free Safety, Nebraska
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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