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First mock drafts of season have Detroit Lions taking Dee Milliner, Damontre Moore and Bjoern Werner

Posted Jan 15, 2013

With the No. 5-overall selection, mock drafts by NFL.com analysts have the Lions selecting secondary and pass rusher.

With the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select …

We won't know that answer until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finishes that sentence in New York 100 days from now.

Until the, let the speculation begin.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis got the mock draft season kicked off Tuesday with the release of their first mocks.

Brandt, a senior analyst and one NFL.com's main personnel guru's, has the Detroit Lions choosing Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at No.5.

Dee Milliner

Milliner is widely considered the best cornerback available in the draft. At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, he also fits the new size profile the Lions are looking for.

On his profile page, NFL.com analysts compare Milliner to 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, who was a Pro Bowler in 2011.

The NFL.com profile of Milliner says: "Overshadowed by his high-profile teammates like fellow corner Dre Kirkpatrick over the span of two seasons, Milliner has made plays when given the chance (six interceptions, 38 pass break-ups in three years starting).

"He is ready to use his pro-ready size, athleticism and change-of-direction ability to become a household name in the NFL after winning back-to-back BCS Championships at Alabama. Milliner's role grew extensively as a junior, and he showed the skills to be a first-round pick in the NFL."

It also described Milliner's strengths as his height, length and upper-body strength to go along with quick feet and fluid hips.

Milliner needs to improve his tackling, according to the scouting report, along with his footwork and ball skills.

The Lions have plenty of needs this offseason and secondary help is high on the list. Milliner would certainly fit the bill, especially if Chris Houston leaves via free agency.

The team drafted three cornerbacks in last year's draft and have yet to see the one with the most potential – Chris Greenwood – play in a game because of an injury last year.

Brandt has offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) going No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

At No. 5, Daniel Jeremiah is guessing the Detroit Lions go with Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore.

Moore has been compared to 49ers sack artist Aldon Smith and fits the Lions profile for the position.

"The pass rusher his teammates call "DaMonster" looked like a potential star even while he backed up 2010 Butkus Award winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Von Miller," the NFL.com analysis said.

Bjoern Werner

"After one season as the Aggies' top rush linebacker (17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in 2011), he moved to defensive end for new head coach Kevin Sumlin, developing into one of the most destructive defensive players in the country. Given his strength, size, and athleticism, don't be surprised if Moore is considered one of the top two or three pass rushers selected in the first round."

The Lions' defensive ends underperformed this season (two of the team's three leading sackers were defensive tackles) and there's the potential they lose Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson to free agency.

NFL analyst Charles Davis also has the Lions selecting Milliner in his first mock.

Bucky Brooks rounds out the NFL.com mock drafts with the Lions taking Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.

"Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Werner enjoyed American football growing up and joined a club team before moving to the United States as a high school exchange student, playing two seasons and emerging as a top recruit," Werner's NFL.com draft profile read. "He has developed his football knowledge and technique substantially the past five years, flashing a top football IQ and instincts.

"Werner has the frame and athleticism to win with speed or power and, although he needs to improve his motor for all four quarters, he often looks like he's playing at a different speed than everyone else.

"He has proven to be much more than just a pass rusher, showing much better awareness against the run and at the line of scrimmage to swat passes down - a possible top-five overall draft choice with the potential to be an impact starting strong-side DE in a four-man front."

The mock draft season is upon us. What do you think of the season's first round of speculation?

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