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:
Word from Jacksonville is that team zeroing in on defensive end with No. 2 overall pick. Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore thought to be tops
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 30, 2013
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.