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Detroit Lions 2013 first-round mock draft

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How analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the Detroit Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft:

Matt "Money" Smith

No. 5: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Dee Milliner will get a long look, but Fisher is too good for the Lions to pass up on. Can't see how Detroit lets a Central Michigan Chippewa slip through its fingers. The Lions need help all over the place; with the top two pass rushers off the board -- and the cornerback position sort of addressed in the offseason -- protecting Matt Stafford becomes the priority.
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Charles Davis

No. 5: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Many Lions fans hope that Dee Milliner will still be there at No. 5, but getting a left tackle to replace the steady (and now retired) Jeff Backus is a priority. Detroit has to keep QB Matthew Stafford upright and healthy.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 5: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

This decision will likely come down to two positions: pass rusher or offensive tackle. The need to protect Matthew Stafford prevails.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 5: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Lions could use a pass rusher and a cornerback, but the need to protect quarterback Matthew Stafford makes offensive tackle a bigger priority at this point.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 5: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Lions could use an all-around talent on the offensive line like Fisher. (In college, he started at multiple position.) This pick sets the tone for Detroit's draft and the 2013 season.
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Gil Brandt

No. 5: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Milliner surprised some by running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine (after which he had shoulder surgery). People didn't think he was that fast, but he ran and worked out well. The only thing that seems to give folks pause is a relative lack of interceptions. If available, Fisher would also be a possibility here.
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Charley Casserly

No. 5: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

Ansah fills a big need for Detroit as a pass rusher off the edge.
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Josh Norris

No. 5: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

Willie Young is a situational player, and Ronnell Lewis might have a similar role. Ansah is inexperienced, but he is already a dependable run defender and can generate immediate pressure from a wide technique.
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AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks


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