In the first round in 2013, the Lions will hope that another talented player will fall to them late in the draft like Riley Reiff did this year.
One candidate to fall in the draft is Barrett Jones, the current Outland Trophy holder for the best college offensive lineman. While he has been a great college player, he lacks the elite athleticism or defined position to be a top-10 pick and could drift in the middle rounds like David DeCastro because he is not a real tackle prospect.
However, the Detroit Lions, who need to get better in the interior of their offensive line, would be sure to snap him up.
Jones has played every position on the offensive line in his time at Alabama, and this versatility would be great value on a Lions line that has very few "set" positions.
Jones is an extremely technically sound blocker who has decent athleticism and short arms. These flaws will probably stop him from protecting a quarterback's blind side as a pro, but the rest of his game screams mid-first-rounder. Jones is at his best in pass protection, where his quick feet, technique and footwork let him mirror pass-rushers and deal with the bull rush. If not for his short arms, he would be in contention to be a left tackle.
In the run game, Jones does not play with quite the same authority. He still maintains great leverage, has the strength to stick to his blocks and rarely whiffs. However, he lacks real explosion at the line, which limits his ability to dominate one-on-one against strong defensive players. However, he is a great puller who can get in front of plays and dominate at the second level.
Personally, I see him as a right tackle in the NFL for a passing team. He will not dominate as a run-blocker, but his assured pass protection would be very valuable, and his mobility and consistency would let him win his fair share of battles in the trenches. If he falls to the Lions, he would be a great tackle to pair with Riley Reiff as 10-year bookends to the line.