ESPN's Todd McShay released a new version of his 2013 NFL mock draft on Wednesday. In it, the Detroit Lions are once again projected to take a defensive end. This time, McShay doesn't have Detroit going with Oregon's Dion Jordan. Instead, he has them taking BYU's Ezekiel Ansah.
For McShay, the Lions' pick came down to Ansah and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. McShay said it was a "tough call" and that Fisher is the "safer pick." However, given the Lions' massive need at defensive end, McShay views this as a risk worth taking. McShay likes Ansah despite his lack of experience, and he clearly likes Ansah's upside.
It's worth mentioning that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner was off the board already in this mock draft by the time the Lions' pick came around. McShay projects Milliner to go to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4, leaving the Lions without a cornerback option at No. 5.
Interestingly, McShay has two defensive tackles going in the top three of the draft. He projects Utah's Star Lotulelei to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1 and Florida's Sharrif Floyd to the Oakland Raiders at No. 3. This would be the ideal scenario for the Lions since they don't need a defensive tackle, and it would push at least one of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, Milliner and Fisher down to the Lions.