With their first pick of the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor. The Lions used the 132nd overall pick, which was a compensatory selection, to take Taylor.
Taylor, who is 6'7" and 266 lbs., ran a 4.72 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He appears to be quite the athlete, and he fits the mold of a developmental defensive end who gives the Lions added depth at that position. While the Lions selected Ezekiel Ansah in the first round, they were still in need of added depth, and Taylor should provide that.
At South Carolina, Taylor racked up 45 total tackles (including 8.5 for a loss) and 3.0 sacks in 2012. A year earlier, he had 6.0 sacks, 1 interception and 42 total tackles.
With this pick, the Lions are set at defensive end, meaning they could look to add depth at other positions on defense, or perhaps at a position like wide receiver, with their next pick.
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