After experiencing a breakout season in 2011, the Detroit Lions took a couple of steps back this year. They lost a bunch of closely contested games, and an inconsistent defense caused headaches for the coaching staff seemingly every Sunday.
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Armed with the No. 5 overall pick at the 2013 NFL Draft, most experts feel the Lions will take a defensive standout in the first round. According to the latest mock draft from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore will be the pick for Detroit.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: The Lions' future at defensive end looks uncertain right now with Cliff Avril about to hit free agency and Kyle Vanden Bosch turning 35 years old next season. Moore is still developing as a hand-in-the-ground edge rusher, but his motor and tenacity is enough to consider him a top-10 pick.
Moore, a 6'4, 250-pound junior, earned First Team All-SEC honors this year while breaking out with the Aggies. As the blurb mentions above, Moore is still a bit raw as a pure pass rusher, but he arguably has the highest upside of any defensive player on the board.
In addition to defensive line help, the Lions could consider adding a cornerback with their first-round selection. A wide receiver to help take some of the pressure off Calvin Johnson is also a possibility.