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2013 NFL mock draft: Does free agency change anything for Lions?

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Given what the Detroit Lions have done in free agency so far, should their pick be changed at all in 2013 NFL mock drafts?

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The Detroit Lions have already addressed some big needs since free agency opened last week. They signed Reggie Bush to fill their need at running back, and the addition of Glover Quin has solidified the safety position. The Lions also added defensive end Jason Jones, although that position is by no means off the list of needs.

In SB Nation's latest 2013 NFL mock draft, the Detroit Lions are still predicted to go with a defensive end with the fifth overall pick. As has been the case in the last few mock drafts, BYU's Ezekiel Ansah is the selection. Like before, the reasoning is that he fills a big need, and with the Lions coaching him in the Senior Bowl, they are very familiar with him.

If the Lions do go with a defensive end in the first round, it'd be surprising if it's not Ansah at this point. He seems to make the most sense if both Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher -- the draft's top tackles -- are gone. The Lions still could use some help at cornerback, but defensive end is the most pressing need going forward.

The argument could certainly be made that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is a better player than Ansah, but re-signing Chris Houston has taken the pressure off of filling the need for another starter at cornerback. Of course, the Lions' draft strategy is best player available rather than reaching to fill a need, but I wouldn't be shocked if Ansah is higher than Milliner on their draft board because of what they saw at the Senior Bowl.

If it were up to you, would you take Ansah or Milliner if they were the two choices for the Lions at No. 5?