2013 NFL mock draft: What happens after the Lions' selection?


Let's take a different look at a 2013 NFL mock draft by examining the five picks after the Detroit Lions' selection.

When looking at 2013 NFL mock drafts, we usually focus on the No. 5 overall pick since the Detroit Lions own that selection. We also typically keep a close eye on the top four picks since they will affect who is available for the Lions at No. 5.

For a change, let's take a look at the five picks after No. 5. It's highly unlikely that the Lions will be able to trade down, but let's consider a scenario where a deal comes along that they decide to accept. They move down a few spots and pick up a couple extra picks in the process, but who will they be in line to select?

In SB Nation's latest 2013 NFL mock draft, the Lions are projected to land BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Here are the next five picks in the mock:

6. Cleveland Browns - CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)
7. Arizona Cardinals - OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
8. Buffalo Bills - WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)
9. New York Jets - OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)
10. Tennessee Titans - OG Chance Warmack (Alabama)

In all likelihood, the Bills or Jets would be the team moving up in this scenario. As a result, you're looking at a situation where Milliner and Johnson could both be gone by the time the Lions go on the clock with their new pick. Of course, Ansah could theoretically still be available, but if West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith doesn't go second overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, that could very well be Ansah's landing spot.

If the Lions don't have a shot at Milliner, Johnson or Ansah after moving down, I'd probably go with either Warmack or Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Perhaps an even more interesting idea would be to try and trade down again. Stockpiling picks not only would give the Lions a chance to draft more players later on, but they'd have the flexibility to trade back into the end of the first round to land someone.

The obvious caveat here, as mentioned, is that trading down is extremely unlikely, especially if Smith is taken in the top four. However, it's worth considering all the scenarios, because you never know what might transpire on draft day.

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