We're back for pick No. 5 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL Mock Draft. We've got user Teeejayyy providing the two picks for our favorite opposing coach. With the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
Here are Teeejayyy's thoughts on Fisher, followed by analysis from Trevor and Nick:
Explanation: While many draft pundits and fans will point to the Lions poor secondary as a reason for their failures, they were decimated by injuries and can get secondary help at the top of round two. Offensive line play can always be improved, and this is a pick that will do that. The Lions are team that needs a stronger foundation; That has to start in the trenches.
The other player to consider here is Dee Milliner from Alabama, but the fifth overall pick is too early for a corner. Maybe if Leon Sandcastle were real, but he's not, so the pick is Fisher.
Trevor Woods: Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford would like this selection. Fisher is a Central Michigan product, a college that has a Pro Bowl offensive tackle in the NFL, Joe Staley. Fisher could turn out to be as good of a player as Staley is. This would improve an area of concern for the Lions, but the most pressing need is in the secondary and pass rush. In the 2011 Wild Card round, I remember Drew Brees making the Lions secondary look silly. The secondary looking foolish was something that carried into last year, and was a big reason for the Lions disappointing season. Dee Milliner is still on the board and he would provide an immediate upgrade for the Lions to help them win some games. Another route they could go is finding a pass rusher. Dion Jordan is off the board, but Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, and Ezekiel Ansah are all legitimate options at pick five.
Nick Chiamardas: I love Teeejayyy's pick here. Some believe the more athletic Fisher might be better than Luke Joeckel. He certainly outperformed him during the combine. The Lions have big needs on defense but addressed some secondary concerns via free agency. This allows them some flexibility here to draft the best player available and fill a major need. The Lions lost both starting tackles this year and haven't signed any replacements via free agency as of yet. Fisher to the Lions is a great pick.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan