The latest 2013 NFL mock draft from SB Nation has jumped on the Damontre Moore bandwagon for the Detroit Lions. Last week, we noted that many analysts believe the Lions will go with the defensive end from Texas A&M, and Mocking The Draft is now on board with that pick as well.
Since we already know by this point what the thinking is behind the Lions taking a defensive end, let's look at this from another perspective. Specifically, let's turn our attention to the top four picks. What happens with the first four selections of the first round will greatly impact who is on the board for the Lions when they go on the clock at No. 5. In SB Nation's mock, the top four is as follows:
I remain skeptical that a quarterback will go No. 1 overall just based on the lack of quality signal-callers in this year's draft. However, the Lions should be hoping a quarterback is taken before they go on the clock, as that would leave more non-QBs available to them. The same really goes with Lotulelei. The Lions don't need another first-round defensive tackle, so him being selected would leave more options open for them.
It will really get interesting for the Lions in my mind if Joeckel makes it to No. 5 without being picked. To me, that's really the only way I can see the Lions not selecting a defensive end at this point. Whether it's Werner or Moore or some other defensive end, the Lions should have a pretty good list of available players at that position. In other words, even if Werner is taken at No. 3, they can go with Moore or maybe even Barkevious Mingo at No. 5 (he's predicted to go sixth in this mock).
If Joeckel is still available for the Lions, could they really go with an offensive tackle for the second year in a row? I say yes for two big reasons. For one, Joeckel could very well be the top player on the Lions' board. He is considered by many to be the best tackle prospect since Jake Long, and that would be hard to pass up. The second reason is that the Lions may very well have room for a tackle. If Gosder Cherilus finds a new team in free agency and Jeff Backus retires, both starting spots at tackle will be vacant. And even if Backus doesn't retire, he's only got a limited amount of time left in the NFL. Going into 2013 with Joeckel and Riley Reiff established as your tackles of the future would be a nice feeling.
What do you guys think? If Joeckel slips to No. 5, would you rather the Lions go with him or stick with the idea of getting a defensive end?