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2013 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper releases two-round mock

ESPN's Mel Kiper has released a two-round 2013 NFL mock draft. Let's examine the two players he has projected to go to the Detroit Lions.


ESPN's Mel Kiper released a two-round 2013 NFL mock draft on Thursday. Like Todd McShay's two-round mock draft from last week, Kiper has the Detroit Lions taking a cornerback and a defensive end in the first two rounds. Kiper's path to those two positions for the Lions is much different than what we saw in McShay's mock draft, though.

In the first round, Kiper has the Lions taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner despite Eric Fisher still being available. Interestingly enough, Kiper has Ezekiel Ansah going to the Jacksonville Jaguars second overall (much like the POD Community Mock Draft), meaning he isn't an option for Detroit. I personally can't see the Lions taking Milliner over Fisher, but Kiper thinks they'll go cornerback in the first round.

Kiper's second-round pick is even more interesting. He has the Lions taking Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner with the 36th overall pick. Werner has been mentioned quite often as a possibility with the fifth overall pick, but Kiper now thinks he will drop into the second round. This would be great for the Lions if it ends up happening, because Werner would help fill their need at defensive end.

I'd much rather have a Fisher-Werner combination in the first two rounds than Milliner-Werner. However, if the Lions came away with Milliner and Werner, there's no doubt their defense would be in much better shape than it was going into the draft, so I don't think I would have too many complaints when all is said and done.

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