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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Lions to draft Eric Fisher, keep Riley Reiff on right side?

Could the Detroit Lions draft a franchise left tackle in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?


The Detroit Lions have been one of the harder teams to predict when it comes to putting together a mock draft. They were on the cusp of becoming one of the NFL's elite teams in 2011, but fell flat in 2012. So which team is the real one? There's talent there, but is there enough talent?

Figuring out their primary areas of need is a tough call at this point. Some believe that a team picking in the top five picks shouldn't draft based on need though, and that they should take the best player available. There is a chance that they can do both though.

The latest SB Nation mock draft was a collaboration between Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn, and they have the Lions taking offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan with the No. 5 pick:

Following the retirement of Jeff Backus, the Lions are in need of a left tackle. The team won't come out and say Riley Reiff can move there, and it's probably for the best. If the Lions can add an athletic talent like Fisher, it would allow Reiff to play on the right side where he's much better suited. A pass rusher will get a long look from general manager Martin Mayhew, but it's just as important to keep franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford upright.

Fisher is considered one of the top players in the draft and wouldn't be a reach with the No. 5 pick. As explained in the mock, that would be a good situation for the Lions with Reiff going to the right side. For more on Fisher, you can check out SB Nation's scouting report here.

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