The Detroit Lions are all done with the 2013 draft and made nine selections.
Here they are:
Pick #5 overall: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Pick #36: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Pick #65: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Pick #132: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Pick #165: Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State
Pick #171: Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
Pick #199 (Tom Brady Pick): Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame
Pick #211: Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Pick #245: Brandon Hepburn, ILB, Florida A&M
Overall, I think the Lions didn’t do awful in picking players and positions that could work out for them. I think they focused on the defensive side of the ball, which is a very good thing to see. However, they only drafted one corner but I think they will make some more moves later on in that spot. I feel like besides Ansah making an impact right away, Fuller could be a decent 3rd wide receiver for this team next season. I also believe that Slay will get a chance to prove himself next year. Other than that I think most of the picks will compete for spots on the roster but are not guaranteed any playing time.
The player I am looking forward most to seeing out on the field is Ansah. Just watching footage of him, he is a very large man from the defensive end spot. He seems to have good instincts on the field. I am hoping he can find a way to be one of the starting defensive ends.
I think the most surprising pick by the Lions this year was the number 165 pick in punter Sam Martin. You do not see many punters get drafted and it was the first one the Lions have taken since 1984. Although it was surprising to me, I do believe Martin will have a legit chance at making the Lions roster since they have two on the roster with little experience combined in the NFL. Look for Martin to get some kicks in the pre-season.