The Detroit Lions made an impact in 2011, and seemed poised to make it to the next level heading into 2012. Unfortunately for them, they fell flat and only managed to win four games this past season. Now, they have a No. 5 pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and definitely need to get an impact player at that point.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and Ezekiel Ansah of BYU is the pick at No. 5:
If Fisher is off the board, the Lions should go after a high upside defensive end like Ansah. Although Lane Johnson would get consideration to replace the retired Jeff Backus, the hole at end is just as great.
Fisher refers to offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who is going to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4 in this mock draft. Ansah is a player that the Lions worked with at the Senior Bowl and they've been linked to him ever since. His draft stock has been rising this offseason and seeing him go in the top five wouldn't be a huge shocker.
Ansah is incredibly talented and would instantly be a starter for the Lions. Look no further than his SB Nation scouting report from Matthew Fairburn. He's got a great blend of size and speed that will make him a good weapon at defensive end for the Lions, or any team that happens to draft him.