Another week, another mock draft from FanSided.com and this week’s pick will be a familiar one to Detroit Lions fans. With Kyle Vanden Bosch’s release last week and Cliff Avril’s impending free agency, the Lions will be looking to address the defensive end position this offseason. Even if the likes of Avril, Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young re-sign, the Lions could benefit from a young, blue chip pass rusher.
FanSided’s Josh Sanchez has the Lions going in that direction with Damontre Moore from Texas A&M. Sanchez explains:
The Lions could address their secondary with this pick, but if Moore falls into their laps it will be hard to pass him up and it will kill two birds with one stone. One of the best ways to make up for a lack of talent in the defensive backfield is to make sure you are getting pressure on the opponents quarterback. Moore can do just that.
We’re still early in the draft process but by this point Lions fans should be quite used to seeing Damontre Moore’s name associated with the pick. He is widely regarded as a top-five pick and plays a position the Lions need to get more production out of in 2013.
But that doesn’t mean everyone agrees, at least as far as the specific pick of Moore is concerned.The National Football Post’s Russ Lande released his updated mock draft today and not only does he not see the Lions taking Moore, he left him out of his first round entirely. Lande does agree with defensive end being the direction the Lions go, it’s just that he has them selecting Bjoern Werner out of Florida State.
And it isn’t just that Lande wants to be contrarian. He bases his mock off his own grading of prospects as well as what he is hearing from NFL scouts.
— Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE) February 11, 2013
Maybe the Lions end up with Moore through the draft, just not where the early read has put him.
Check out the full first round mock draft on FanSided.com.