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2013 NFL mock draft: Three-round mock for Lions

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How might the first three rounds shape up for the Detroit Lions? Let's examine a three-round 2013 NFL mock draft and find out.

Stephen Dunn

SB Nation's 2013 NFL mock draft features three rounds this week, giving us a chance to see how the first two days of the draft might play out for the Detroit Lions. They still have several needs going into the draft, but with only three picks (as of now) in the first three rounds, they have to choose carefully.

The first round of this mock draft sees the Lions taking BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. This is mainly because Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher is off the board with him going to the Philadelphia Eagles. With the top two tackles gone, Ansah is the pick.

In the second round, the Lions are projected to take USC wide receiver Robert Woods. I know some of you are probably thinking, "Shouldn't the Lions address their offensive line in the second round?" Yes, they probably should, but a wide receiver with the 36th overall pick wouldn't surprise me one bit. The Lions need some help at that position, and they haven't been afraid to draft players at skill positions in the second round in the past.

The Lions are projected to go offensive line in the third round by taking Tennessee offensive tackle/guard Dallas Thomas. He would give them another offensive lineman who can play multiple positions, giving them the flexibility to move guys around when they get to training camp and set up battles for starting jobs.

Taking the players out of the equation, I think a combination of defensive end, wide receiver and offensive lineman is very likely for the first two days of the draft for the Lions. It won't necessarily be in that order, but those are three areas of need for the Lions, and there are a lot of intriguing prospects set to go in the first three rounds who could fill them.