Currently, the Lions only have three defensive ends on their roster—Willie Young, Ronnell Lewis and newly acquired lineman Jason Jones. All are young edge rushers with plenty to prove—they are in need of a little help in front of them.
Detroit is now without former captain Kyle Vanden Bosch after cutting him, and Cliff Avril signed a new deal with the Seattle Seahawks. After losing these two former starters, the Lions really need to upgrade at defensive end.
This year's draft is rich with defensive end prospects, but none are really worth a No. 5 pick. Many have high potential but could also be risky with a draft pick so valuable. ESPN's Todd McShay sees the Lions pulling the trigger on BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
Ansah may have a boatload of upside, but the Lions can't afford to miss with this pick. He's drawn comparisons to New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul due to his elite athleticism but raw ability. Ansah didn't stand out much during college, but he showed well during the Senior Bowl, where head coach Jim Schwartz and other coaches got a first-hand look.
The Lions are better off gambling on a project player like Michigan State's William Gholston with a late-round pick instead of using a high-risk, high-reward pick on Ansah. The Lions must strike gold with their No. 5 selection, and that's more than likely to happen by not drafting Ansah.