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2013 NFL mock draft: Dee Milliner over Eric Fisher for Lions?

In its latest 2013 NFL mock draft, SB Nation has the Detroit Lions taking Dee Milliner over Eric Fisher.


In the wake of the combine, the Dee Milliner to Detroit Lions bandwagon seems to be growing, at least among draft pundits. Numerous 2013 NFL mock drafts had Milliner going to the Lions before the combine, and that especially seems to be the case now.

SB Nation's new 2013 NFL mock draft, for example, has the Lions taking Milliner at No. 5. The mock draft has Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher available for the Lions, but they are projected to go with Milliner, allowing the Arizona Cardinals to take Fisher.

The thinking behind this pick is that the Lions could potentially re-sign Chris Houston and pair him with Milliner at cornerback. That would make for a solid set of starting cornerbacks, and with positions like defensive end and linebacker being so deep this year, the Lions could worry about addressing those needs later on in the draft.

If it comes down to Milliner or Fisher, I tend to think the Lions will go with the former Central Michigan Chippewa. Although Milliner did do well at the combine, I'm still of the opinion that Fisher is the better player. Cornerback might be more of a need, but if we're going by best player available, I'd personally give the edge to Fisher.

It's worth noting that this mock draft has the Jacksonville Jaguars taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the second overall pick and the Philadelphia Eagles taking defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan with the fourth overall pick. This scenario would give the Lions their pick of the top 4-3 defensive end and top cornerback, as well as the second-best offensive tackle.

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