The first Mel Kiper Jr. mock draft of 2013 hit ESPN.com on Wednesday, and Kiper has the Detroit Lions upgrading their pass rush with the No. 5 overall pick.
Kiper’s top four picks: Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel (Kansas City), Texas A&M DE/OLB Damontre Moore (Jacksonville), Utah DT Star Lotulelei (Oakland) and Alabama CB Dee Milliner (Philadelphia). That start left the Lions with their choice of several talented defensive players, including DE Bjoern Werner.
Kiper, instead, sent Georgia DE/OLB Jarvis Jones to Motown:
Analysis: He may not be a perfect fit in a 4-3 on the edge, but Jones is an exceptional pass-rusher, can line up on either side of Detroit’s young and talented interior linemen and will flat-out make plays. He led the nation in sacks even as every team brought help to block him, and Jones not only uses great leverage to hold up as a run defender, but is vastly underrated in his ability to drop and cover. He brings a workmanlike effort and will sack quarterbacks, and skip the dance as he helps them up. A mature player and a good fit on any team, and within any system.
Kiper’s full mock can be found here ($$): Mock Draft 1.0
The ESPN draft guru also tabbed Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher as the No. 11 overall pick to San Diego. Fisher, a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle “is a tall player, but one that displays very good balance and isn’t easily rattled by quickness or pass-rushers who can counter,” Kiper wrote.