Do the Detroit Lions go with an offensive lineman or a defensive player with their fifth overall pick in the NFL draft?
Two experts are divided. So I’ll break the tie.
No doubt Chance Warmack is a tremendous talent at guard — and the Lions have an opening at right guard — still it would be a surprise to see the Lions draft Warmack with the fifth overall pick when there are other pressing needs.
Warmack (Alabama) had a pre-draft visit with the Lions on Monday according to the team web site.
“(Warmack) is certainly a great player. I just think if you look at this division if you can get a (cornerback) Dee Milliner (in photo) or a pass rusher that will help against the Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutlers and people like that,’’ ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said in a conference call on Wednesday (today).
“The two quarterbacks in that division, of course led by Aaron Rodgers, you have to go through to get a playoff spot. I think a cornerback or defensive end would be the guys to consider. ...
“Warmack is a heck of a player helping out obviously the running game, a run blocker and help protect Matthew Stafford,’’ Kiper said. “I would be surprised if they don’t draft a defensive end or corner.’’
I’m with Kiper on this one. I think with so many needs on defense, that’s the direction the Lions have to take with their top pick.
Todd McShay, another ESPN analyst, released his mock draft Wednesday and has the Lions drafting offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan, Rochester Hills’ Stoney Creek). That’s McShay’s first scenario. His second would be Milliner and his third is defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
McShay has Warmack going to Buffalo with the eighth overall pick while Kiper has him going to Tennessee with the 10th pick.
Of course Lions general manager Martin Mayhew won’t tip his hand. Everyone seemed surprised when he drafted tackle Riley Reiff in the first round a year ago. Mayhew goes for the best available player.