It is anyone’s guess as to what the Detroit Lions will do with the fifth overall pick next week. At this point the heavy speculation has centered on the pick being an offensive tackle (most likely Eric Fisher) with Ezekiel Ansah and Dee Milliner being the popular alternatives.
The best case scenario involves the Lions getting on the clock with all three options available. With options comes leverage and the Lions could entertain anything from trade offers (the Falcons are apparently considering a big move up to take Milliner) to their pick of players rather than being cornered into a single decision.
The worst case scenario puts the Lions on the clock with Luke Joeckel, the presumed number one pick at the moment, and Eric Fisher already off the board. The rumblings of the day make that scenario a possibility.
FWIW… Lot of buzz about Oak taking a LT with #3 pick. Floyd could take a tumble if that happens.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 20, 2013
With Jared Veldheer at left tackle, it wouldn’t seem the Raiders have much of a need there but it is possible they want to plant the seed as a scare tactic. Previous transactions have left the Raiders without picks in the second and fourth rounds so it makes sense the Raiders would love to move out of the third pick to add additional picks at the expense of a team that feels the need to make it worth Oakland’s while to pass on a tackle and move down the board.
An Oakland trade would seem to increase the likelihood that a tackle is selected with the third overall pick and leave the Lions with fewer options that the ideal scenario. While mock drafts might sometimes feel like silly speculation and entertainment leading up to the draft, teams really do use them in their preparation so the Lions won’t be caught off guard no matter what plays out ahead of them.