2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting the First 10 Selections

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5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan

Oct 13, 2012; Shreveport, LA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive linesman Jake Matthews (75) before the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

The Lions don’t appear to have many holes on paper, but they could certainly use an upgrade on the offensive line.

Fisher could definitely end up in Philadelphia, as the Eagles could benefit from some help on the offensive line. The Lions could as well, after Jeff Backus retired and Gosder Cherilus signed with Indianapolis. Fisher has climbed draft boards after impressive performances, notably his domination in the 2013 Senior Bowl. Detroit ranked second in passing yards and fifth in total offense, but the offense won’t be as effective without a good offensive tackle.

Detroit’s defense was average last year, but an average defense is acceptable with a potent offensive attack. Detroit boasts a potent offensive attack, and the only way to keep the offense effective is by protecting the quarterback and opening up running lanes. Fisher can do both of these things, and he can be a big help for the Lions.

And, if Fisher proves that his pre-draft workouts and performances were no fluke, he could be a star.