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Final Evaluation: Detroit Lions 7-Round Mock Draft
Bradley LaBrie – Detroit Jock City
The Detroit Lions head into the 2013 NFL draft holding the fifth overall pick. With holes on both the offense and defense, General Manager Martin Mayhew has more work to do this offseason. With free agency in the rear view mirror, the Lions look to answer many questions in Thursday’s draft.
Lions’ Stephen Tulloch confident team is ‘heading in the right direction’
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press
Believe it or not, the Lions took a step forward last season on defense. And it was a pretty big one, too.
The Lions went from allowing 367.6 yards and ranking 23rd in the NFL in 2011 to allowing 341.1 yards and ranking 13th in 2012.
Not coincidentally, the Lions returned 11 starters on defense in 2012. That continuity helped communication and production.
But this season the Lions will have at least three new starters and possibly four, depending on who plays cornerback opposite Chris Houston.
NFL Draft: Punter from Australia has big leg, but baggage
Jim Thomas – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Distance, directional skills, hang time. Wing has natural skill as a punter, and it runs in the family. His father punted for the Scottish Claymores in the old NFL Europe league and was good enough to get a tryout with the Detroit Lions.
Bill Shea of Crain’s, who dissects sports minutia with surgical attention, spots a take that rebuke for Detroit in the newly released schedules for all 32 teams.