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Detroit Lions Pre-Combine Mock Draft Review: Dee Milliner, Defensive Ends Dominate Projections

February 20th, 2013 at 3:50 PM
By Max DeMara

Commonly, the internet is rife with blogger and writer speculation prior to April's NFL Draft. Thus, it's hard to make sense of all the rumors and ramblings about which college player could be going where, but we'll try our best to limit the confusion. For the next few months, we'll follow five specific mocks with regard to the Detroit Lions and see who they're saying the team will target.

Prior to the combine, the direction looks clear. At number five, it's either going to be a defensive end or a cornerback. Several good options exist at the defensive end spot, but it looks like only one corner will be in the mix within the top five. Here's this week's mock menagerie.

CBS Sports: Barkevious Mingo, Bjoern Werner, DE.  Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have the Lions addressing the defensive end position with the fifth overall selection. Rang has the team drafting Mingo and Brugler has them going after the supremely talented Werner, perhaps the best pure edge rusher available. Bjoren Werner, Dee Milliner, CB (2), Luke Joeckel, OT. Four separate mocks we'll check in on from the NFL's website courtesy of Bucky Brooks, Josh Norris, Daniel Jeremiah and Gil Brandt have the Lions going in a few separate directions. Brooks has the Lions going with Werner, while Norris and Brandt have Milliner heading to the Lions. Finally, Jeremiah is the odd man of the group with regards to defensive speculation, sending Joeckel to Detroit.

Football's Future: Dee Milliner. The justification here? The Lions badly need a cornerback and the drop off after Milliner is severe. If he's on the board, the Lions should take him given their immense need at the position.

Walter Football: Ezekiel Ansah, DE. In their latest mock, Walter Football has the Lions selecting Ansah with the justification that he'll have an impressive combine and continue the climb up draft boards. Just another reason to watch the raw prospect out of BYU very closely when drills get underway in Indianapolis.

USA Today: Barkevious Mingo. Yet another vote for Mingo comes from Tony Pauline. Mingo, he says, would be the perfect replacement for Cliff Avril given the doubts surrounding his return, given his high upside and already visible all-pro abilities.

Certainly, as it relates to these five mocks, Mingo, Milliner and Ansah are the ones to watch during the combine from a Detroit perspective. Good days by any of the three might only enhance their standing from a Lions' perspective. We'll provide another update after the combine has concluded.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Barkevious Mingo, Bjoren Werner, Dee Milliner, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Ezekiel Ansah, Football, Luke Joeckel, NFL

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