2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Detroit Lions Make A Surprising Selection

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11. San Diego Chargers
Eric Fisher
OT, Central Michigan

12. Miami Dolphins
Keenan Allen
WR, California

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Xavier Rhodes
CB, Florida State

14. Carolina Panthers
Star Lotulelei
DT, Utah

15. New Orleans Saints
Dion Jordan
DE, Oregon

16. St. Louis Rams
Chance Warmack
OG, Alabama

17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sheldon Richardson
DT, Missouri

18. Dallas Cowboys
Matt Elam
SS, Florida

19. New York Giants
Ezekiel Ansah
DE, BYU

20. Chicago Bears
Lane Johnson
OT, Oklahoma

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Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions, Kenny Vaccaro, NFL, NFL Mocks

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWyman15 Chris Wyman

    this doesnt surprise me

  • RossH

    As an avid Big 12 fan, I can assure you that Kenny Vaccaro is not top 5 worthy. While not entirely Vaccaro’s fault, I watched Texas go through a stretch of giving up 31 points to Ole Miss, 36 to Oklahoma State, 48 to West Virginia, 63 to Oklahoma, and 50 to Baylor. UT’s defense led by Vaccaro during that stretch is one of the worst defenses I’ve ever seen in football. Vaccaro maybe in the second-round would be nice, but not top 5. Just my two cents.

  • http://twitter.com/Shack_attack03 Braden Shackelford

    @rosshusson:disqus I hear you and see where your coming from. I live in Oklahoma and follow Oklahoma State religously so I know what you mean in the poor outings by Texas this season. With a top five pick teams look at a few things: 1) Team need 2) Does he fit the scheme 3) Is he a prototypical player for the position and does he test well physically 4) versatility 5) Pontential. I think when you look at Vaccaro he has all the tool to be the next great safety and he’s coachable. Sure he has his flaws, but that’s what coaching is all about and nothing he does wrong isn’t correctable. I think ultimately coaches look for a player that can do everything they need him to do and the fact that Vaccaro fits one of the Lions most immediate needs is why we could see the Lions taking him at five. Another plus on watching Vaccaro on film that ulitmately sold me was his instincts. Some of the best i’ve seen. Another aspect we might consider pertaining to Texas’s poor defensive showings is Alex Okafor’s draft stock. He too played for thatTexas defense during that poor defensive span and he’s still considered a first round pick with his draft stock rising. I know you touched on this a bit, but I don’t think that Texas’s defensive outings at that time were a reflection of Vaccaro necesarily. Thanks for the comment and I enjoy the discussion!

  • RossH

    @twitter-282272809:disqus Hey, I agree with you in that the Lions MUST address the secondary in one of the early rounds and you provided great reasons. I guess I haven’t actually looked at the film of Vacarro, but instead going off my memory and what I’ve read. Oklahoma State fan? Sorry for 2011. Go Cyclones (although a 31-10 beat-down last year wasn’t fun).

  • http://twitter.com/Shack_attack03 Braden Shackelford

    @rosshusson:disqus haha! That’s low lol yeah that one still hurts. I’m not sure that the 31-10 beat down justifies you guys knocking us out of the BCS Championship. Again, thanks for commenting good opinions! Look forward to your next article, it’s been awhile, you need to get back into the swing of things at SideLion.

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