Oct 13, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) works his way around Boston College Eagles offensive tackle John Wetzel (73) during the first half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions May Not Have Their Pick of Defensive Ends


The most common position selected for the Lions in early mock drafts has been defensive end. Those picks have been mostly divided between Bjoern Werner from Florida State and Damontre Moore from Texas A&M who are widely regarded as the two blue chip defensive end prospects in this year’s draft.

While either one would make a fine choice for the Lions with the fifth overall pick, it is unlikely the Lions will be able to choose between the two. Instead, they may be forced to pick the one that remains available if rumblings out of Jacksonville come to fruition:

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is another pass rusher that has been linked to the Lions in some early mock drafts but he still seems less of a fit for what the Lions want to do defensively. There is no guarantee that any of Jones, Werner or Moore will be available when the Lions are on the clock. That may be the worst case scenario as it would likely force the Lions hand into drafting an offensive tackle like Luke Jockel or Eric Fisher (not necessarily a terrible thing) or reaching for a defensive back like Dee Milliner or Kenny Vaccaro.

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