CBS Sports' draft expert Dane Brugler released his latest mock draft earlier in the week with the Detroit Lions selecting Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o to fill a defensive need with the No. 5 overall pick.
The Lions have several needs on the defensive side of the ball. While defending the pass better with an upgrade in pass rush or cornerback talent may be a priority, Brugler feels the all-around football talent Te'o would bring to the Lions would help along with the linebacker's leadership ability in the huddle.
The Lions have been very streaky on defense and need to add some leadership on that side of the ball. Te'o would not only bring his talented skill-set to Detroit, but he would also bring a positive influence to a squad with more than a few questionable characters.
Taking a linebacker with the fifth overall pick may be a reach unless the Lions become convinced that the total package Brugler describes is too valuable to pass up. According to the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, the Lions will look at cornerback Dee Milliner out of Alabama. Kadar has Te'o falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 17 pick in his draft.
Te'o will finish an emotional senior season with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama on Jan. 7. The 6'2, 255-pound linebacker was a runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting after making several big plays to help keep the Fighting Irish undefeated in 2012.