Lions can address glaring need at 5th in NFL draft

By LARRY LAGE - AP Sports Writer
    2013-04-22 11:59

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is declining to discuss the franchise's needs and how they might affect who he chooses with the No. 5 pick.

The Lions, though, clearly require help at offensive tackle and defensive end. They can address one of those voids Thursday night in the NFL draft.

Detroit's starting offensive tackles and defensive ends from last season are gone. Left tackle Jeff Backus retired and right tackle Gosder Cherilus left in free agency. Defensive end Cliff Avril signed with Seattle and his counterpart, Kyle Vanden Bosch, was released.

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The Lions are expected to select the best offensive tackle or defensive end available in the first round, but taking cornerback Dee Milliner would also make sense if the first four teams in the draft pass on him.