NFL Mock Draft 2013: Lions select Jarvis Jones

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Most people like to mock a defensive end or edge rusher to Detroit, but none of them seem to agree.

Everybody is well aware by now that the Detroit Lions have problems with their pass rush. Well, everybody that's been paying attention to the NFL offseason and cares about football that much, I suppose. But after already lacking a significant pass-rusher in 2012, Detroit is poised to be even worse in 2013.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit

Not only did the Lions fail to get to the quarterback last season, but top pass-rusher Cliff Avril was not given the franchise tag like he was last season after registering only 8.5 sacks in 2012. Good numbers, but hardly the kind of production you would like to pay "average of the top five defensive ends" for. So, many expect that Avril will leave. Much like veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch did when the Lions released him, and that third-man-on-the-totem-pole Lawrence Jackson could be leaving too.

Given all that information, and given the importance of a good pass-rush in the NFL, many are projecting that Detroit will take a defensive end with the fifth overall pick in April. The person that Rob Rang of CBS Sports thinks that will be is Georgia OLB/DE Jarvis Jones in his latest mock draft:

Jones projects best at outside linebacker but his primary job in the NFL will be attacking the line of scrimmage, just as it was at Georgia. Only concerns about Jones' health (he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2009) could push him out of the top five, as he proved to be the country's elite defensive playmaker in 2012, topping all defenders in tackles for loss (24.5), sacks (14.5) and forced fumbles (seven).

This year's draft is deep in defensive ends available, but none of them come without at least one question mark or "red flag." Jones is no different, but he also might be one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL during the prime of his career. Are the Lions going to be the team to bet on that?

More in the NFL:

NFL Mock Draft: New names rising in first round

Tom Coughlin talks with SB Nation's Big Blue View

NFL defenses are changing, too

Free agency rumors: Dolphins target Mike Wallace

Uffsides: Von Miller talks with SB Nation

NFL news: Roger Goodell terrified, Shawne Merriman retires and the latest on free agency

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.