Let's add one more name to the list of possible first-round draft picks for the Lions.

ESPN released two mock drafts Thursday, and in Todd McShay's first projection of the year, he thinks the Lions will select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

At 6-foot-6, 239 pounds, Jordan is long and explosive, but hasn't rated as highly as other defensive end prospects like Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), Bjoern Werner (Florida State) or Barkevious Mingo (LSU).

In fact, McShay has Jordan listed as the No. 11 prospect in the draft, but thinks the Lions will reach for someone with a high ceiling. Last season Jordan had 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles.

"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 wrote.

In Kiper's second mock draft, he's sticking to his guns, predicting the Lions will select Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who led the FBS in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven).

Here's what Kiper had to say: "On Tuesday, Detroit cut veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch to clear more cap space. Jones isn't the pure 4-3 defensive end to fill that void, but he'll certainly upgrade the pass rush."

Oddly enough, Jones and Jordan swap places in McShay's and Kiper's mock drafts, with the Jets selecting the other player at No. 9.

Both analysts have top cornerback Dee Milliner (Alabama) off the board before the Lions pick, so their need for secondary help may not be filled right away.

Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher is projected to go No. 7 to Arizona by both analysts. Fisher was impressive at the Senior Bowl last month and is considered the second best tackle in the draft behind Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M).



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/SPORTS0101/302070444#ixzz2KJr0zVvc