Detroit Lions post-NFL Combine 7-round mock draft: Trading up to fill No. 1 need

In a new post-combine mock draft, the Detroit Lions trade up to comfortably address a big need.

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163. Jordan Jefferson, DT, LSU

The Lions could also use some reinforcements at defensive tackle next to Alim McNeill. Using an earlier pick at the position was on the radar. Here in the fifth round, it finally made sense.

After four seasons at West Virginia, Jefferson transferred to LSU for his final college season last year. and he had 36 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. The previous season for the Mountaineers, he had 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Jefferson comes in at 313 pounds, but Keith Sanchez of The Draft Network noted his first-step explosiveness, lateral agility, high motor and scheme versatility as his strong points. He's got some work to do in development as a pass rusher, and in overall technique. But as with Trice, but as more of a developmental guy than Trice is, Terrell Williams would have a moldable piece here.

207. Josh Karty, K, Stanford

The Lions have re-signed Michael Badgley...again, but general manager Brad Holmes quickly said competition will be added. What that competition will look like is unclear, but it has to better than last year's "competition" for Badgley (signing John Parker Romo out of the XFL and re-acquiring Riley Patterson).

Drafting a kicker is a non-starter for some people, and the position is broadly easy to label a dime a dozen. But when you don't have one you can rely in a big spot in a big game (see the NFC Championship Game) it becomes noticeable. Dan Campbell may have gone for it on two fateful fourth downs against the 49ers anyway, but the "take the points crowd" conveniently dismissed Badgley's awful career track record outdoors from that distance.

Enter Karty, who missed just one extra point and made 85 percent of his field goals over his three seasons at Stanford. Three of his four field goal misses last season were from 50-plus yards out, with a long make of 56. His career-long was 61 yards.

Getting down to it, with the Lions' final pick after the trade up, Karty stood out more than any other available player.

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