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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Lions grab Ansah, offensive help

SB Nation's latest mock draft continues to project Ziggy Ansah to the Lions at No. 5.


The Detroit Lions enter the 2013 NFL Draft with glaring holes at both left tackle and defensive end after losing Jeff Backus and Cliff Avril. They're in prime position to address one of those positions with the No. 5 spot. Which one largely depends on how the first four picks shake out.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn released a three-round mock draft on Monday. He's sticking with the same projection he's had for a while now--BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah:

Since the Senior Bowl, the Detroit Lions' connection to Ezekiel Ansah has been a popular one. With the two top tackles off the board, Ansah remains the most logical choice. He's a high upside player that fills a huge need.

In the second round, Detroit grabs USC WR Robert Woods at No. 36, another receiver to complement Calvin Johnson. They hope this one works out better than the last guy they drafted:

The value at offensive tackle isn't the best, and the Lions have other needs to address. A threat across from Calvin Johnson is needed after Titus Young's flameout. Robert Woods is under the radar right now, but he's as reliable a route runner as this class has.

Finally, in the third round, the Lions grab an offensive lineman, Tennessee OT/G Dallas Thomas:

The Lions were unable to address the offensive line in the first two rounds, but they get nice value with the versatile Dallas Thomas in the third round.

You can check out the complete mock draft at the link below.

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