2013 NFL Mock Draft: Lions could continue to invest in defensive line early

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Could the Detroit Lions continue their investment in their defensive line with another early pick in the 2013 NFL Draft?

The Detroit Lions have invested heavily in their defensive line in recent years, but they find themselves in need of doing so once again. Ndamukong Suh remains a reliable player when he's not getting penalized, but there are question marks surrounding Cliff Avril, a free agent, and Nick Fairley, who under-performed.

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On top of that, Kyle Vanden Bosch was cut and the Lions are once again looking at potentially spending a high pick on their defensive line. As it happens, they definitely need to do something this offseason on the line, as their pass rush and run stopping ability was poor last season.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Lions addressing the need by taking Damontre Moore, the defensive end out of Texas A&M:

Cliff Avril is a free agent and Kyle Vanden Bosch was cut. In a draft that's top-heavy in pass rushers, the Lions would be wise to strike with a player like Moore. While he doesn't have an elite first step, he's a relentless player and can hold up against the run particularly well.

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Even when Detroit stacked their defensive line, they were an attack-first team with a very aggressive mindset. They haven't been very good at stopping the run, and it's hurt them big time in games. Moore is a very good pass rusher and he's absolutely stout against the run.

So if the Lions use him properly, they should be significantly better in both areas in 2013, provided they do actually draft him. Additionally, Moore is a complete player who would be ready to start right away.

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