This goes without saying, but the Detroit Lions' first-round pick will help shape the rest of their 2013 NFL Draft. We haven't really gone beyond the first round in most 2013 NFL mock drafts, though. We especially haven't gone through all seven rounds very often, but NFL.com's Josh Norris did just that on Monday.
Norris has the Lions opening the draft by taking Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the fifth overall pick. With Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher off the board, the projection is for the Lions to take the best available tackle rather than go with someone like Dee Milliner or Ezekiel Ansah.
Next up, in the second round, Norris has the Lions addressing their need at defensive end by drafting Georgia's Cornelius Washington. Cornerback is the pick in the third round for the Lions, as they are projected to take Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford. Here's a full look at the picks in this seven-round mock draft:
- Round 1 - Pick No. 5 (5) - OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
- Round 2 - Pick No. 4 (36) - DE Cornelius Washington (Georgia)
- Round 3 - Pick No. 3 (65) - CB Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana)
- Round 4 - Pick No. 35 (132) - OLB Khaseem Greene (Rutgers)
- Round 5 - Pick No. 4 (137) - DE Lavar Edwards (LSU)
- Round 6 - Pick No. 3 (171) - WR Tavarres King (Georgia)
- Round 7 - Pick No. 5 (211) - P Jeff Locke (UCLA)
- Round 7 - Pick No. 39 (245) - C T.J. Johnson (South Carolina)
I would be more than happy with this draft. Not only would the Lions get help on the offensive line, but they would really bolster their talent and depth on defense with Washington, Alford, Greene and Edwards. Plus, I like the inclusion of a punter in the seventh round.