ESPN's Todd McShay has released a new 2013 NFL mock draft. It is his first mock draft since December, and he has the Detroit Lions going with Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
The main reason for Jordan being the pick is because McShay has the Oakland Raiders selecting Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. McShay says that cornerback is the Lions' biggest need, but with Milliner gone, defensive end "becomes the focus." I disagree with this notion and actually think defensive end is the biggest need, but that's beside the point. McShay did bring up something interesting:
There is simply too much young talent at defensive tackle to let things deteriorate at end. Jordan is an underrated talent with the length and athleticism to develop into an impact starter in NFL, and he's shown the versatility to play multiple roles along the front seven.
McShay is correct in saying that the Lions need to add talent at the ends to go along with their talent at defensive tackle. Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are talented, but they can't do it alone. Adding a defensive end with the fifth overall pick seems to be the most likely scenario at this point, and I think Jordan would be a fine choice.
By the way, McShay has Florida State's Bjoern Werner going second overall and Texas A&M's Damontre Moore falling to No. 13.
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