Detroit Lions 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions After Free Agency Week 1

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Detroit Lions 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions After Free Agency Week 1
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It's tempting to think that the Detroit Lions' busy free agency period will have a serious impact on their draft strategy, but that rarely happens.

Since the opening of free agency, there is a very good chance that the Lions' big board hasn't changed at all. If it has, it's not because of players they have or haven't signed.

The Lions' current management has held the same organizational mantra from the beginning when it comes to offseason plans: draft good players, and fill immediate needs with free agents, not draft picks.

Riley Reiff is a good example of why that system works. Reiff, a 2012 first-round pick, only got to play in special packages last season because the Lions drafted him at a time when they already had two solid starting tackles.

A year later, one of those tackles left in free agency and the other retired, so if the Lions didn't have Reiff available, they'd be in serious trouble.

Similarly, Ryan Broyles seemed like a luxury pick in the second round last year, but now he's poised to be an invaluable part of an offense that still needs more weapons.

But above all, Reiff and Broyles will be relied on because they're both good players. That's what the Lions will be looking for this year, regardless of what they gained or lost in free agency: more good players.

 

Previous mock drafts:

01/07/13

01/26/13

02/04/13

02/11/13

02/27/13

03/14/13

 

All combine numbers and stats courtesy NFL.com.

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