ESPN's Mel Kiper released a new 2013 NFL mock draft on Thursday, but the Detroit Lions' pick was not all that notable. I say that because Kiper stuck with the pick he had for the Lions in his first mock draft back in January. He still thinks they will draft Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Once again, Kiper admits that Jones isn't a "pure 4-3 defensive end." However, Kiper thinks that Jones would upgrade the Lions' pass rush enough that the scheme he fits best isn't all that important. Kiper likes how Jones gets to the opposing quarterback, and that's why he has the Lions going with the former Georgia Bulldog.
Just like last time, I don't agree with this pick. It's no secret that the Lions are in need of help at defensive end, and it's no secret that they need to improve their pass rush. Is the best way to address that need really to select a linebacker who may not necessarily be a great fit as a 4-3 defensive end? I don't think so, especially when you enter Jones' medical questions into the equation.
I'm especially not on board with this idea with Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner still available. He is slated to go sixth overall to the Cleveland Browns in this mock draft, and he just seems like a safer pick to me right now. Safer isn't always better, of course, but the Lions can't afford to miss on this pick.