Debating the Detroit Lions' First Pick in the NFL Draft

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIApril 25, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 27: Tevin Washington #13 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pressured by Ezekiel Ansah #47 of the BYU Cougars at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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In just a few short hours NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will walk to the podium and announce the Lions' pick in this year's NFL draft. The question is who that player will be. Depending on the mock draft you look at it could be Ziggy Ansah, Lane Johnson, Eric Fisher or Dion Jordan. 

If the offense tackles are gone when the Lions come on the clock I would expect the Lions to use the majority of their allotted time to try and find someone to move back in the draft. As we get ready for an exciting first round for the NFL draft let's take a look at the players the Lions might take fifth overall. 


Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, BYU

Ziggy has become the most likely pick for the Lions at No. 5. He is raw as a football player, but his athletic ability is phenomenal. Ansah measures 6'5", 271 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds, 34.5" vertical jump and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.26 seconds. 

Ansah didn't start playing football until 2010, so his technique can improve. However, he has shown the ability to be a top pass-rusher. He has also shown steady improvement throughout the draft process. The Lions need another pass-rusher after cutting ties with Kyle Vanden Bosch and losing Cliff Avril to free agency.

There is a 90 percent change the Lions pick him.


Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Johnson has flown up boards during the draft process. He is an athlete who has played a variety of positions during his college career. He started out as a JUCO quarterback, played tight end and defensive end at Oklahoma before shifting to right tackle and then left tackle. 

Johnson has the frame to be an elite offensive tackle in the NFL at 6'6", 303 pounds. He also showed above-average athleticism, running the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, 20-yard shuttle in 4.52 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.31 seconds. 

The biggest knock on Johnson is his overall lack of experience on the offensive line. The Lions could draft Johnson and let him battle for one of the starting tackle spots. 

There is a 75 percent chance the Lions pick him.


Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Fisher could very well go first overall to Kansas City, but if he is available at No. 5, the Lions would be doing cartwheels and back flips on their way to the podium to select him. Going into the draft process Fisher wasn't a household name, but after excellent showings at the senior bowl and reviewing his tape against MSU and Iowa, he has quickly become one of the top players in this draft. 

Fisher is a converted tight end, but he has played left tackle for two years at CMU and could have the top ceiling among offensive tackle prospects. Fisher has the measurables teams look for in a left tackle—6'7", 307 pounds with room to add more strength. 

Fisher still has room to develop his technique, but he is a virtual lock to be a blindside protector from Day One. 

There is a five percent chance the Lions pick him.


Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon 

Jordan might be a better fit at linebacker in a 3-4 scheme rather than end in the 4-3 the Lions run. There is a chance he could come off the board at Nos. 2, 3 or 4. The Lions would have to determine whether they think Jordan could add the mass needed to hold up as an every-down defensive end in their 4-3 system. 

Jordan is an elite athlete standing at 6'6", 248 pounds. His 40-yard dash (4.60 seconds) and broadjump (122 inches) stood out the most at the combine. He is coming off a shoulder injury, so the Lions would need to feel comfortable with his health before selecting him. 

In the end I don't think Jordan fits the scheme the Lions run, so his selection is unlikely. 

There is a two percent change the Lions pick him.