The Detroit Lions were unable to put everything together in 2012. Whether it was from a bit of bad luck, an inability to close out tightly contested games, or poor coaching, there is no denying the team unperformed. Now, with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Lions will look to add another impact player to their roster.
According to the latest mock draft from Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, Detroit will take LSU star Barkevious Mingo in the first round. The Second-Team All SEC player figures to be a top-10 pick given his skillset, upside and athleticism.
For all the great defensive talent on the roster in Detroit, the unit still didn't get the job done in 2012. Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley both had big 2012 seasons, but there's room for another skilled pass rusher. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Mingo - the owner of the best name in college football - can play either the at defensive end or outside linebacker. A talented kid, who has played in several big games, could make an immediate impact in Detroit.
This past season at LSU, Mingo recorded 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He has drawn comparisons to Broncos star Elvis Dumervil given his ability to rush the quarterback and also help out against the run. Mingo is a bit of a project, and may not contribute right out of the gate, but his upside is tremendous.
In addition to Mingo, the Lions have also been linked to Texas A&M's Damontre Moore and Florida State's Bjoern Werner in other mock drafts. Both are defensive ends.