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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Lions projected to be looking defense with 5th overall pick

According to a couple of mock drafts, the Lions are predicted to add a pass-rusher with the fifth overall pick.


The Detroit Lions slid to a 4-12 finish to their 2012 season, losing their last eight games on the schedule. They'll have the fifth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft as a result, and, according to a couple of mock drafts, the Lions will be looking to improve their defense with the pick.

In Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation's latest mock on Jan. 7, he sees Detroit taking Bjoern Werner, a junior defensive end with the Florida State Seminoles. Though Fairburn acknowledges that the Lions need secondary help as well, he believes Werner is the best available defensive option:

The Lions could use an impact pass rusher. Cornerback is the team's biggest need, but Dee Milliner is not worth the No. 5 pick. Werner is the best 4-3 defensive end in the draft, possessing a quick first step and violent hands on the pass rush. He would fit nicely alongside Detroit's big defensive tackles.

NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang of, in his latest mock draft on Jan. 7, agrees, placing Werner, the top defensive end prospect in the draft and second overall prospect, according to, in Detroit.

Dane Brugler, also with, however, has the Lions picking in a slightly different selection, as he projects them to take Damontre Moore, junior defensive end from Texas A&M, with the same pick. According to, Moore is the second-best defensive end prospect in the draft.