The Detroit Lions have no business drafting a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, however where Geno Smith gets drafted is incredibly crucial to the Lions front office. For the first time in quite some time, the top 10 picks will be dominated by interior lineman–this does not help out the Lions considering they have a mainstay at QB in Matthew Stafford.
With the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles all having uncertainties at the quarterback position, Smith could easily be off of the board before the Lions select. Best case scenario, the Lions are able to draft a top-notch offensive lineman due to Smith taking up a spot for one of the aforementioned squads. The early favorite for the fifth pick is Eric Fisher who would be a perfect offensive tackle for the Lions’ scheme. Some draft experts rank Fisher as a better talent than Luke Jockel who is rumored to be the Kansas City Chiefs‘ top priority at number one.
If the trio of teams above decide to pass on Fisher and go in another direction, the Lions would in prime position to snag a much needed OT.
Smith could go as far down as pick number eight which would not make the Detroit faithful very happy–if Smith does not go in the top four, the options at pick number five are slimmer. Of course, the talent that early in the draft is incredible, however the depth along the offensive line is bleak for all four teams drafting ahead of Detroit.
Surely, the Lions have a backup plan if their top-priority goes in the top four, but the front office should be hoping that Smith goes before they are on the clock.