Detroit Lions Seven Round 2013 Mock Draft

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Detroit Lions 7-round Mock: Focus is on Defense Early and Often

Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Logan Ryan (11) against Temple Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With Martin Mayhew and his staff carrying over some of the draft strategy from the previous regime, er circus, of Matt Millen and friends, the irony shouldn’t be lost that the Lions actually may need another wide receiver with the injuries to 2011 second round pick, Ryan Broyles, steady veteran Nate Burleson’s broken leg, and 2010 second round pick Titus Young immaturity.

Let’s pretend Burleson’s right leg fully heals and he makes good on his word that he wants to retire in Detroit, albeit at a pay cut. Furthermore, assume Broyles is fully healed and jumps right back in and continues developing his rapport with Matthew Stafford. What happens with Titus Young is anyone’s guess. Despite what appeared to be the former Boise State standout seemingly pouting his way out of town, it’s still possible the team takes him back.

If those things happen, and even if Burleson and Young don’t return, its obvious Mayhew must do what he’s never done before—spend his first two picks on the defensive side of the ball.

If I had my druthers, this is how things will play out over the three-day bonanza in late April, known as the NFL draft.

1st round – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Height: 6-2
Weight: 255

Forget for a moment all the talk about the leadership and character makeup this Hawaiian will bring to the Lions locker room and huddle. Never mind the unbelievable resolve he showed in East Lansing when he man-handled the Spartans after the passing of both his grandmother and girlfriend within 24 hours only days earlier. Manti Te’o is the best defensive player in this draft. Period.

He has the chance to do for this defense what Chris Spielman did, and then some. Singing the praises of everything Te’o does well could easily fill a couple pages here. To put it rather succinctly, he doesn’t miss tackles. He adds a certain level of intimidation in the middle of the field and he’s very effective on blitzes but just as capable dropping back in coverage.

Te’o is an every-down high impact player. If he’s there at No. 5 overall, the only thing that could screw this up is if Mayhew tries to get cute and stick to his “best player available” theory if he somehow believes the BPA is someone other than Te’o.  Outside of quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive tackle, it would be hard to argue against Mayhew’s normal BPA strategy because the Lions simply lack the talent at so many positions. However, if Te’o is there he simply can’t be passed up.

For all the naysayers, especially those quick to jump off the Te’o bandwagon after a pretty average showing against Alabama in the National Championship game, ‘Good Riddance’, I say to you! Even though he still came up with 10 tackles, Te’o missed more tackles in this game than he did all season.

Who knows, maybe everything takes a fortuitous turn in the Lions favor, and the hype slows down come early spring and Mayhew can add that elusive fourth rounder by moving back a few spots by swapping picks with the Buffalo Bills or New York Jets, 8th and 9th overall, respectively.

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  • Mike Bainbridge

    Don’t be totally shocked if the Lions actually end up with a fourth because of the Eric Wright signing. They will get a compensatory selection for that. I like that draft a lot except for the Teo selection. Top 5 in terms of intangibles and leadership absolutely. Talent wise, I think he is more mid-first round. We need a DE there.

  • John Skins

    Te’o has no shot of going Top 5. That’s a homer pick. He doesn’t have the skill set and it would cripple the Lions franchise drafting him there. They’re going to lose Cliff Avril and KVB to free agency, and with a lot of depth at defensive end in this draft they will take Damontre Moore or Bjoern Werner. Also, with the amount of team needs this team has, drafting a punter would be retarded. They could take a flyer on him as an undrafted free agent, but wasting a pick is brutal.

  • Clayton_Bigsby

    I see so many Mocks giving the Lions a CB in rounds #2 or #3, but the truth is they have tons of “potential” on the 53 man roster currently in that position. The need is Safety, Safety, Safety after getting a rush DE in the first round, of course.

  • James McPeek

    I love to have Tavon Austin first round becuase i know we could really really use the guy.. but id like to have this draft..

    1. Chance Warmack G
    2. Barret Jones C or Dj Fluker
    3. Bacarri Rambo S
    4. Tyrann Mathieu CB/KR/PR
    5. Brad Wing P
    I havent seen a punter ranked this high by scouts in a long time. and again another LSU player.. I am not a lsu fan.. I am a Miami U fan…LSU has some elite players comming out this year.
    6. Eric Martin DE Nebraska
    7.Nigel Malone CB – KSU 5 Interceptions 7th-FA

    • Frank Ribble

      my source tells me averill won’t be back. barrett jones has a history of injuries.

  • Ksquared2112

    We have Tulloch at ILB, and Teo’ has character issues and got exposed against the Crimson Tide and looked average.

  • Frank Ribble

    trade suh for a second #1 pick+. trade down in the 1st round to get a 4th round pick. lions can trade down in the second round, also.

    1. travis fredrick c wisconsin (barrett jones has 2 many injury issues)
    1. ezekiel ansay de byu
    2. bacarri rambo s georgia 1st round talent do homework on drug problem playmaker

    3. devin taylor de s carolina
    4. robert lester s alabama video junkie

    5.dwayne gratz cb connecticut no one threw his way

    6. lerentee mccray olb florida
    7. chris mcdonald og msu

    undrafted free agents

    benny cunningham rb mstu 3.9 40
    dan buckner wr arizona 6’4″

    superbowl or bust
    in stafford we trust