The indomitable jwerner91 puts on his Martin Mayhew mask and approaches the microphone...
With the fifth pick of the 2013 Battle Red Blog Draft, the Detroit Lions select Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia).
There were a number of ways I could have gone with this pick, but it seemed like any other way was a reach. With Jeff Backus retiring, the Lions would be looking for a LT. Unfortunately, Eric Fisher and Luke Joekel are already off the board. Why not go for a top 5 defensive player to beef up a defense that stole our very own Glover Quin (tear). Dion Jordan was an option, and it took a few hours of deep thinking (plus the fact that I am a very passionate Georgia Bulldogs fan) to decide it was not the right decision. I feel Dion Jordan may be more of a pre-draft workout machine than an actual player.
Drafting Jarvis Jones will help offset the loss of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Jones as a few questions about his spine, but he has hardly any about his ability to play football. He had 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss in 12 games. 12 GAMES! This young man is going to turn into a monster in the NFL, and he will only help a defense that is just getting better and better.
Before the draft evaluation process got into full swing, Jarvis Jones was trumpeted by many as a surefire top ten pick. Now, however, there is a school of thought that has Jones slipping down draft boards. How much of that is smoke as opposed to fire remains to be seen. What do you think of the Lions going with Jarvis Jones here?
The Cleveland Browns, via Three and Out, are now on the clock. Actually, he already made his pick, so check back at 4 p.m. CDT to see what direction he went in. I feel confident you will be flabbergasted by his selection.
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel (OT--Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Eric Fisher (OT--Central Michigan)
3. Oakland Raiders--Sharrif Floyd (DT--Florida)
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner (CB--Alabama)
5. Detroit Lions--Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia)
6. Cleveland Browns--Three and Out
7. Arizona Cardinals--theSpaceCityKid
8. Buffalo Bills--BricAM
9. New York Jets--Mbw987
10. Tennessee Titans--Deaconbrodie
11. San Diego Chargers--grandmasteroz
12. Miami Dolphins--BigHD
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Sweech
14. Carolina Panthers--UTBawse23
15. New Orleans Saints--FreeRange
16. St. Louis Rams--gm.in.waiting
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--clornelas
18. Dallas Cowboys--astrosbro95
19. New York Giants--UprootedTexan
20. Chicago Bears--RedWhitePaws
21. Cincinnati Bengals--McKnight299
22. St. Louis Rams--gm.in.waiting
23. Minnesota Vikings--The Night Owl
24. Indianapolis Colts--ckone
25. Minnesota Vikings--The Night Owl
26. Green Bay Packers--krkenney
27. Houston Texans--BRB Staff
28. Denver Broncos--Capt Ron
29. New England Patriots--MaloneyPony
30. Atlanta Falcons--riversmccown
31. San Francisco 49ers--TexansDC
32. Baltimore Ravens--Cougfan