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                  === Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Draft Review ===
 
 By John McMullen, NFL Editor
 
 (Sports Network) -
 
 1 (5) - Ezekiel Ansah, DE Brigham Young; 2 (36) - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi
 State; 3 (65) - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky; 4 (132) - Devin Taylor, South
 Carolina; 5 (165) - Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State; 6 (171) - Corey Fuller,
 WR, Virginia Tech; 6 (199) - Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame; 7 (211) - Michael
 Williams, TE, Alabama; 7 (245) - Brandon Hepburn, ILB, Florida A&M
 
 Top Pick Analysis: Detroit general manger Martin Mayhew really would have
 liked one of big three left tackles with the fifth overall pick because
 veteran Jeff Backus called it quits after a solid 12-year career but once that
 option was closed off, getting a pass-rusher like Ansah made sense. Cliff
 Avril is now in Seattle and Kyle Vanden Bosch was let go, so Ansah, a Jason
 Pierre-Paul-like rangy, playmaker, will get every opportunity to make a splash
 from Day 1, although he is raw and may have to start out as a situational
 player. The Lions also got two possible starters on the second day in Slay and
 Warford. Detroit came into the draft with Chris Houston and Bill Bentley at
 cornerback so getting Slay, the fast-rising Mississippi State corner, was a
 logical move in the second round. Adding Warford, a 330-pound road-grader in
 the third round helps sure up the interior of the offensive line for  Matthew
 Stafford.
 
 Best Value Picks: Martin is a legitimate NFL punting prospect and will take
 over from veteran Nick Harris, who struggled through a tough 2012 season and
 won't be asked back. Meanwhile, in this era of specialization you can't help
 but be intrigued by a versatile player like Riddick, who started his career in
 South Bend at running back before moving to wide receiver when Brian Kelly
 needed him there only to return to the backfield as a senior. Riddick is a
 natural runner with solid situational receiving skills on the outside as well
 as in the slot and will be a tough matchup for any defense in today's NFL.
 
 Questionable Calls: Taylor is another rangy, rusher, almost a poor man's Ansah
 and taking him in the fourth round instead of continuing to upgrade the
 offensive line was a mistake.
 
 Summary: A solid if unspectacular haul by Mayhew but the glaring absence of a
 left tackle prospect, and the fact that Ansah and Slay may need a year or two
 before their potential is realized will take some of the bloom off the rose in
 the Motor City.
 
 FINAL GRADE: B
 
 Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Ohio C Skyler Allen; Western Michigan QB
 Alex Carder; East Carolina DT Michael Brooks; UCLA TE Joseph Fauria; Ball
 State OT Austin Holtz; Appalachian State RB Steven Miller; Albany LB Jon
 Morgan; Kentucky CB Martavius Neloms; Texas Tech OT LaAdrian Waddle; Central
 Michigan WR Cody Wilson
 
 
 04/29 16:13:58 ET