I recently had the opportunity to participate in a mock draft for DraftSeason.com in which a group of writers make the pick for the team they cover.
When it was my time to make the Detroit Lions’ pick, the following players were off the board: Luke Joeckel, Barkevious Mingo, Sharrif Floyd and Dion Jordan.
That left a lot of players that have been popular picks in a lot of mock drafts but in the end I selected Eric Fisher, offensive tackle from Central Michigan. I gave the following commentary with the pick:
The Lions have made a point to surround Matthew Stafford with as much talent as possible since selecting him with the first overall pick in 2009. That continues with Fisher, who pairs with Riley Reiff to protect Stafford for the next decade.
I tried to weigh what I want the Lions to do and what I think the Lions would do.
With a number of the pass rushing options looking less attractive, the “want” part of the equation brought me to Fisher and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro with Fisher getting the nod based on my belief they would pick him over Vaccaro for the reasons I gave above.
The Lions definitely have a huge need at safety but with another pick near the top fo the second round and a deep class of safety prospects, the chance to solidfy the bookends of the team’s offensive line was too tempting to pass up, even if Jeff Backus returns for one more year.
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