The FanSided Network, of which this site is a proud member, recently conducted our annual NFL mock draft in which the editor of each team site within the network makes the pick for their team.
That put the Detroit Lions’ pick in my hands and with Geno Smith, Dion Jordan, Star Lotulelei and Luke Joeckel off the board, I had an easy choice…
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
After drafting Riley Reiff last April, the Lions should double-down to ensure Matthew Stafford’s protection for the next decade. Reiff can play right tackle, or even right guard, while Fisher is charged with the task of replacing Jeff Backus.
One of the unique aspects of our FanSided editor mock draft is that each pick was analyzed by Russ Lande, scouting director at the National Football Post. I firmly believe it is a pick the vast majority of Detroit Lions fans will rally around but Lande isn’t a big fan of the pick. Here is what he had to say:
Although the Lions no doubt have to protect Matthew Stafford better in 2013, drafting a left tackle the year after taking Riley Reiff in the first round does not make sense to me. Detroit has lost both of their starting defensive ends (Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril) so they have a desperate need at the position and would be better suited taking Ezekiel Ansah or Bjoern Werner.
Those of you who have been following this draft cycle for a while likely know that Lande has been something of a maverick in the draft community this year. While the lack of top quarterback talent has seemed to define this draft, Lande has held Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the number one overall spot on his big board. Fisher checks in at number nine. He ranks Werner and Ansah fifth and sixth respectively.
You can check out the full FanSided NFL Editor Mock Draft on The National Football Post.