Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Real Time Updates and Analysis

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Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Real Time Updates and Analysis
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The NFL draft is just around the corner, with the combine is in the rear-view mirror and university Pro Days currently underway nationwide.

That means everybody has a big board, mock draft and seemingly perfect idea of how their team can win the Super Bowl next February, from fans to NFL front offices.

I don't claim to know when NFL teams start compiling their draft boards, though I'd imagine the process begins a few days after the team's respective campaign ends. However, if they're not all coming together now evaluating prospects, some teams need to fire their scouting departments.

The interesting thing about big boards is how different they are from one team to the next.

Matt Miller has a big board and it's a good one. It won't look the same as the Lions' big board. It may not even look the same as that of any NFL team. It's not because Miller's board is bad, but due to the fact that big boards are dependent on scheme and team needs, which is different than just gauging players based on raw ability.

So, with that in mind, here is what the top of the Detroit Lions' big board may look like, followed by their top five targets at each position (aside from quarterback, tight end and defensive tackle, the positions least likely to warrant a high draft pick) and some sleepers to keep track of in the late rounds.


and denote a prospect's movement up or the down boards, respectively.


Check back regularly, as this will be updated daily as Pro Days and free agency progress. Bookmark it now!

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