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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Eric Fisher still seems to be the smart option for Lions

Eric Fisher is still the more popular selection for the Detroit Lions in SB Nation's mock draft.


The Detroit Lions have had many players at multiple positions mocked to them this offseason. With the No. 5 pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they are guaranteed to land one of the top five players in the nation, on their board, but what position will they go with?

Many feel the Lions' biggest need is at cornerback, while quarterback Matthew Stafford definitely could use some more help in the form of an offensive tackle. There are also issues on the defensive line, and to this point, we've seen players at all of those positions mocked to them.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his penultimate mock draft on Monday and he has the Lions going the Stafford protection route, with Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher at No. 5:

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 or guard 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.

It's true that Riley Reiff could probably move over to left tackle, but solidifying both tackle spots with Reiff on the right side, where he is clearly better suited, and Fisher on the left side would be a strong play for the future stability of the positions. You can also check out Fisher's scouting report here, where it's made clear that if he's behind Luke Joeckel, it's not by far.

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