1. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (▲ 1)
More and more draft pundits are coming around to the idea that Fisher might be an even better tackle prospect than Luke Joeckel. Right now, they are considered at about the same level. But Fisher is a more natural pass-protector and is less refined in his technique. That means Fisher fits the Lions' pass-heavy scheme and most likely has a higher ceiling than Joeckel.
2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (▼ 1)
With the departure of Eric Winston, it seems increasingly likely that Joeckel goes to Kansas City first overall. But if Joeckel were available at fifth overall, it would most likely mean Fisher was gone, and it would be hard to argue with the Lions' decision to go with the man widely considered to be the best player in the draft.
3. Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, BYU (▲ 1)
Ansah is perhaps the most intriguing player in the 2013 draft. Like Werner, he is an exceptional athlete from overseas who only picked up football recently. Ansah went from completely oblivious to the game of football to having star quality in just a couple of years. The Lions got a good look at what a fast learner he is at the Senior Bowl, which seems to suggest that he not only has a high ceiling, but an attainable one as well.
4. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (▲ 2)
It's no secret that the Lions' secondary is in need of an infusion of talent. Milliner showed up big at the combine, running a 4.37 40. This should solidify his status as a top-10 pick. The only question (and the only reason he isn't higher) is which of the Lions' talented second-year cornerbacks they would give up on if they drafted Milliner: Bill Bentley, the highest-drafted? Chris Greenwood, the most physically talented? Or Jonte Green, the one with the most starting experience? Those are all undesirable situations.
5. Lane Johnson, OL, Oklahoma (▲ 4)
If Joeckel and Fisher are both taken in the first four picks, it's hard to believe that the Lions would take the third-best tackle with the fifth-overall pick in the draft, especially when tackle isn't a glaring, immediate need. Regardless, Johnson's stock has shot into the top 10 after he showed stellar athleticism at the combine, and if the Lions feel compelled to take a tackle, he'll easily be the best available.
6. Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon (▲ 4)
The Lions visited with Jordan just over a week ago, and he is definitely in play for them in the first round. However, while Jordan is certainly a talented pass-rusher, he seems built too much like a 3-4 OLB for the Lions to get the most out of him. Then again, Cliff Avril was projected as a 3-4 OLB out of college, too. Sometimes projections are wrong.
7. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina (Previously unranked)
Though it could be another example of draft analysts out-thinking themselves leading up to the draft, Alabama's Chance Warmack is no longer the undisputed top guard in the draft, which is funny considering how many once wanted to anoint him the best player in the draft. Cooper doesn't have the monstrous strength Warmack has (though he does sport the frame to build it), but he's mobile and athletic, making him arguably a better fit in the Lions' scheme, where guards are asked to pull and lock down linebackers regularly.
8. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (▼ 3)
Warmack should be at the top of this list in some fans' minds, but it's exceptionally difficult to justify taking a player with as little impact as a guard—even a projected future All-Pro like Warmack—in the top 15, much less the top five. In addition, the exceptionally athletic Jonathan Cooper has jumped Warmack on some boards (including this one), in much the same way Fisher jumped Joeckel.
9. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (no change)
This is a bit of a scheme mix-up, which is why Jones is ninth on this board, and not second or third. Jones played as an OLB in a 4-3 scheme at Georgia, but he was primarily used as a pass-rusher. Where would that leave him in Detroit? He is explosive, but is a likely mismatch for the Lions unless defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham starts dreaming up creative ways to use him. Jones also has a scary injury history that revives bad memories of Jahvid Best.
10. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (Previously unranked)
The odds of the Lions actually taking a wide receiver in the first round are slight indeed. And if the Lions were to take a receiver, it's unlikely it would be another short, slot-type receiver (the roster is overloaded with those as it is). But Tavon Austin is an athletic do-it-all on offense who could be the next Randall Cobb. It doesn't matter what the roster construction looks like—a team can always find a way to use a player like Cobb.
Out of the top 10
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee