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Lions 2013 Mock Draft: The Smartest Pick Detroit Can Make at Every Spot
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It's a familiar situation for the eyes of the NFL to be focused on the playoffs, and Lions fans wondering what will happen with their top five draft pick.

It's a position the Lions thought they were out of, but apparently fortunes don't change that quickly.

But now isn't the time to lament sour grapes, and it's already past time to discuss who should be hired or fired. After all, effective NFL front offices aren't the ones that avoid mistakes; nobody can do that.

Effective front offices are the ones that are able to correct their mistakes, and the NFL Draft is the best opportunity for the Lions to do just that.

But first, a few words about the draft order.

You'll notice that the Lions' pick rotates between third and fifth in each round. Since the Lions finished with the same record as the Eagles and Raiders, each of those teams will alternate picks within their draft slots.

The tiebreaker is strength of schedule, and since the Lions had the toughest schedule of the three by a wide margin, they will draft fifth in the first round, fourth in the second, third in the third round, and then back to fifth.

Also, the Lions do not have a fourth-round pick this year, as they traded it to Minnesota to select Tahir Whitehead last year, so as of now, the Lions have only six picks.

That said, it is likely that the Lions will pick up a compensatory pick or two for the free-agent losses of Erik Wright and perhaps someone else (Drew Stanton?), but we won't know that for several weeks.

For the same reason, each individual pick will not be listed in terms of where it fits in the overall draft order, since we already know the draft order is going to change.

So that said, the only thing else to keep in mind is that during draft season, everybody disagrees with everyone else, and that's okay.

Just keep that in mind whenever you're tempted to transform into a shrieking ball of pure rage during draft discussions.

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