2013 NFL Mock Draft (3 Rounds): Detroit Lions Mock Draft
Three months away from the 2013 NFL Draft, all but two teams have shifted their focus to the offseason and draft.
Many sites including ours will attempt to project how the draft will play out and Kevin Hanson has updated his three-round mock draft this weekend. As we get closer to the draft, the plan is to project all seven rounds.
Some of you are fans of the NFL draft and take a big-picture view while others only really care how things will shake out for your particular team. Either way, we got you covered as we will start publishing 32 team posts to go along with our full mock draft for you to be able to follow it whatever way you deem appropriate.
In Hanson's updated 2013 mock draft, here are the Detroit Lions picks:
Pick 5. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Last year, the Lions designated Cliff Avril with the franchise tag and it's possible that he leaves via free agency this offseason.
A former exchange student from Germany that played only two years of high school football in the U.S., Werner has a non-stop motor and good strength and quickness. Werner is tied with several players for third in the country in sacks (13.0) and he had 18.0 tackles for loss.
The secondary is clearly the weakest unit of the Lions defense and three of their top four corners are due to become free agents in 2013: Chris Houston, Drayton Florence and Pat Lee. If Milliner falls to them, he could be the pick.
Pick 36. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
As noted earlier, three of the Lions top four corners are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. That said, their pass defense was not all that great with them.
The younger brother of Marcus, Trufant had a strong week of practice in Mobile and really helped his draft stock. While he may not last until the top of the second round, but if he does, the Lions get really good value here and fill a huge need.
Pick 67. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
With explosive speed, Wheaton was one of the most productive receivers in college football this season. He finished the year with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which were career highs for the senior receiver.
Excluding Calvin Johnson, the Lions have several uncertainties at wide receiver. Ryan Broyles, their second-round pick in 2012, tore his right ACL in December after tearing his left ACL during his 2011 season at Oklahoma. Nate Burleson ended the season on injured reserve as did Titus Young, who is is need of a major attitude adjustment.
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