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NFL Mock Draft: Lions projected to take defensive end

SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Lions taking Ezekiel Ansah out of BYU.

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The Detroit Lions hold the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and many people expect them to take a defensive lineman, especially if Cliff Avril walks in free agency.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn released his latest mock draft on Monday. In it, he projects the Lions to select BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Ziggy's stock is shooting up after an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl:

Defensive end is the only missing piece to an otherwise solid Detroit Lions defensive line. The Lions staff worked closely with Ezekiel Ansah at the Senior Bowl and he had a huge week. He's not a finished product, but he has a wider array of moves than most give him credit for. This pick is a bit out of left field, but hey, it's February.

"Out of left field" may be putting it mildly, with guys like Damontre Moore and Dion Jordan still on the board in Matthew's mock. If nothing else, it's an interesting pick, and Ansah certainly has the upside to justify it. The Lions have plenty of time to weigh their options here.