2013 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Add Good Mix of Offense and Defense

By Andrew Fisher
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Coming off a very disappointing 2012 campaign, the Detroit Lions really needed to have a solid draft. While parts of the offense remained elite last season, as a whole, the unit was slightly above average. The defense also under-performed, finishing sixth worst in the league, giving up 27.3 points per game. In general, the Lions took a step back as a team.

But with the addition of Reggie Bush, things are already looking up for Detroit. Now with the draft in the books, more help is on the way.

Detroit started by getting some help on the defensive line, as they took DE Ezekiel Ansah out of BYU. It’s being reported that Ansah was their plan-B, and after the top-three tackles were off the board, the Lions went with the boom or bust DE.

In the second and third rounds, they got some much needed secondary help by taking CB Darius Slay, and some o-line depth with G Larry Warford. The offensive picks then got going in rounds six and seven, with the selections of WR Corey Fuller, RB Theo Reddick and TE Michael Williams. They also added P Sam Martin, ILB Brandon Hepburn. As you can see, this draft class features quite the mixture of talent for Detroit.

I think this was the right approach. Sure, it would have been nice to get a top LT at No. 5, but they executed a solid plan-B. Ansah will ultimately be the player this class is judged on, though, as he was the next man up. After only one good season in college, the Lions are banking on the potential they saw from him in the Senior Bowl. But all in all, the Lions have to be pleased with their 2013 class.


Stay tuned to Rant Sports for analysis on all the Lions’ picks.

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