While much of the early draft speculation has centered around the Detroit Lions using their first round pick on a defensive end, either Damontre Moore of Texas A&M or Bjoern Werner of Florida State, there is no guarantee that either player will be available by the time the Lions get on the clock with the fifth overall pick.
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel might make some sense as a worthy top-five pick that could be paired with Riley Reiff to protect Matthew Stafford for the next decade. But what if he has already been selected too?
Things get dicier at that point, but that is just the scenario that is presented in this week’s FanSided mock draft.
While the Lions would likely be working the phones hard in that scenario, FanSided mock draft creator Josh Sanchez has the Lions going with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. He explains:
Milliner is the top cornerback in this year’s class and a top ten pick. When you need help in the secondary as badly as the Lions, you have to take Milliner in this spot. During the national championship game, Milliner looked like the cream of the crop among the NFL prospects.
It’s not that I don’t like Milliner, I do, but I would be very disappointed if this is how the draft plays out for the Lions. Milliner may be a top ten pick but top five is starting to stretch it. If they are able to trade back and get Milliner, fine, but taking Milliner with the fifth overall pick seems underwhelming and in stark contrast to what the Lions’ philosophy has been to date.
Coming off a disappointing season some might argue a change of philosophy is needed. That may be true but don’t mistake all change for good change. The Lions took three corners a year ago and while the jury is still out on that trio, reaching for Milliner in the top five is not what the Lions need to get back in the playoff picture.
Check out the full first round mock at FanSided.com.