The college football season is finally over after Alabama’s claimed the National Championship with their thrashing of Notre Dame.
That means college football players that have exhausted, or chosen to forgo, their eligibility are now officially NFL draft prospects.
FanSided released an update mock draft yesterday with the Lions’ pick making a ton of sense. Josh Hill’s mock has the Lions taking Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. Hill explains:
Manti Te’o fits perfectly with the Lions, but I have a feeling he’s going to take a slide as we near the draft. Bjoern Werner, on the other hand, is a Top 5 prospect that the Lions would love to sink their teeth into. With Kyle Vanden Bosch entering the final year of his contract and Cliff Avril likely to leave in free agency, Detroit needs an edge rusher to match its young and talented front line. Werner is quick off the snap and is tough to deal with, which fits the Lions all too perfectly.
This mock draft was released prior to last night’s BCS National Championship Game and Hill’s comment about Te’o's worthiness with the fifth overall pick looks even better today.
Some early mock drafts have the Lions taking Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore with the fifth overall pick but I’ve also seen some mocks that have him a bit lower (Hill has Moore going second overall to the Jaguars in this mock draft). There has been less variation in Werner’s place in early mock drafts with him almost always coming off the board within the first five picks, easily suggesting he is one of the best pass rushers in the 2013 draft class.
It is still very early in the draft process but if I had to put money down on what position the Lions will take in the first round it would be defensive end. That changes if they are able to trade back but the fifth overall pick necessitates an impact player at a premium position. Based on what the Lions need and what figures to be available, that’s a defensive end.
Check out the rest of the mock draft at FanSided.com.