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Lions fans pick T Eric Fisher at No. 5

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Detroitlions.com's Mock Top Five reveals that Lions fans believe Central Michigan T Eric Fisher will go to the Lions at No. 5

Detroitlions.com polled fans to see who they believe the Detroit Lions will draft with the fifth-overall selection. In a landslide, fans chose Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Is that realistic?

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara say no.

When all is said and done, neither writer believes Fisher will be on the board for the Lions at No. 5.

Here is how all three Top Mock Five's break down:

First-overall selection: Kansas City

Twentyman: Texas A&M T Luke Joekel
O'Hara: Texas A&M T Luke Joekel
Lions Fans: Texas A&M T Luke Joekel

Twentyman: There are few things Mike and I agree on, so with Mike, myself and the fans all in agreement on Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel going No. 1 overall to the Chiefs, there must be some kind of divine intervention at work here. Joeckel is the best player available in the draft. He's a little more polished than Eric Fisher and a safe pick for a Chiefs team trying to rebuild on the fly.

O'Hara: Everybody got it right with Luke Joeckel. The only choice was which tackle -- Joeckel or Eric Fisher -- and most analysts feel Joeckel is closer to the finished product with Fisher having more room to grow. The Chiefs dealt with the 49ers to get QB Alex Smith. Now they add a prime bodyguard.

Second-overall selection: Jacksonville

Twentyman: Central Michigan T Eric Fisher
O'Hara: Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan
Lions Fans: Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan

Twentyman: The Jaguars could certainly use a pass rusher, but they allowed 50 sacks last year, which was third most in the NFL. In a passing league, it's not advantageous to have your quarterback on his behind all the time. Eric Fisher anchors the left side for the Jaguars and fills a big need.

O'Hara:  Take your pick between the best pass-rusher or one of the two top tackles. I'm with the fans in giving the Jaguars Dion Jordan. This franchise needs more sizzle than it would get form an offensive lineman, even one as good as Fisher. Anyone who plays QB for the Jags would appreciate a tackle.

Third-overall selection: Oakland

Twentyman: Utah DT Star Lotuelei
O'Hara: Utah DT Star Lotuelei
Lions Fans: Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

Twentyman: We can all agree the Raiders need help along their defensive line. The fans have Sharrif Floyd going No. 3 to the Raiders; Mike and I like them to take Star Lotuelei. The Raiders need to start revamping that defense and getting the best defensive tackle available in the draft is a good place to start.

O'Hara: Whoever the Raiders draft -- the fans have Sharrif, but I'm with Tim on Star Lotulelei -- can't give enough help to a franchise bereft of talent. The Raiders have nobody who would be one of the 49ers' 22 starters. The right choice is to trade down and get extra picks for a rebuild project.

Fourth-overall selection: Philadelphia

Twentyman: Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan
O'Hara: Central Michigan T Eric Fisher
Lions Fans: Alabama CB Dee Milliner

Twentyman: The fans just made the Lions' day by selecting Milliner and leaving Eric Fisher on the board. That's a huge win for the Lions, who like Fisher. I have Fisher going No. 2, which means Dion Jordan is still on the board here. The Eagles are moving to a 3-4 defense and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly knows the athletic edge rusher better than anyone from their time at Oregon together.

O'Hara: Milliner is the best cornerback in the draft, but leaving Eric Fisher on the board means the Eagles think they're solid on the offensive line and Jason Peters will stay healthy after missing all of last season. Fisher's a better pick because he gives Philly's playmakers some time to operate.

Fifth-overall selection: Detroit

Twentyman: Alabama CB Dee Milliner
O'Hara: Alabama CB Dee Milliner
Lions Fans: Central Michigan T Eric Fisher

Twentyman: I love the fans pick of Fisher, but I don't think he's still on the board for them at No. 5. Dee Milliner is a very talented corner, who fits the size profile, and has great instincts. As long as the Lions feel good about his medical chart, he's a safe pick for them at No. 5. He immediately makes an impact on defense.

O'Hara: Can't argue with the fans giving Fisher to the Lions. He'd be the starting left tackle the second his name is announced. I don't see it happening. He shouldn't get past Philly, and maybe not Jacksonville. Dee Milliner is no consolation prize. He's the best cornerback in the draft and upgrades the secondary.

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