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Meet your 2013 Detroit Lions draft class

Posted Apr 28, 2013

From the first round to the seventh, meet the nine Lions players brought in via the 2013 draft

DE Ziggy Ansah
BYU |  Round 1 | Pick 5

There was no questioning the pure athleticism of the Detroit Lions' first-round selection, DE Ziggy Ansah. What came up following the Lions' pick Thursday night, though, was Ansah's lack of football experience.

Meeting Ansah in person, however, his dominating physical presence is palpable. The Lions were confident going with Ansah after coaching him at the Senior Bowl in January.

"We've seen everything that we need to see from him and we think he's a very good fit for us," said head coach Jim Schwartz.

Excitement in Detroit seemed to grow Friday after the Ghana native arrived at the team's practice facility in Allen Park. Showing off his dry sense of humor, Ansah had the local media in stitches.

He then headed down to the Lions Draft Fan Fest at Ford Field where he hit it off with the Lions fans in attendance.

CB Darius Slay
Mississippi State |  Round 2 | Pick 36

CB Darius Slay gave the Lions back-to-back defensive picks to begin a draft for the first time since 2006.

Aside from a meniscus tear the Detroit LIons say they are not concerned with, Slay offers size and speed at the cornerback position.

He also creates immediate depth at corner, joining last year's drafted players Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green.

"I'm just coming here to compete and get better every day," said Slay at his introductory press conference in Allen Park.

"That's my goal, come in and work hard. That's what I did at Mississippi State and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

G Larry Warford
Kentucky |  Round 3 | Pick 65

Following Detroit's pick of G Larry Warford, head coach Jim Schwartz joked that it is rare for anyone to mention Warford without referring to him as 'big'.

"He's a really thick, powerful guy," said Schwartz. "Good athlete for his size."

The Lions are hoping the addition of Warford will only make the rest of the line better, allowing Riley Rieff to have a sure role at left tackle and Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox to compete at right tackle.

DE Devin Taylor
South Carolina |  Round 4 | Pick 132


The pick of DE Devin Taylor along with the addition of Ziggy Ansah to the defensive line suddenly creates a position of depth.

Having just three defensive ends on the roster heading into the weekend, the Lions now have Ansah and Taylor in addition to veteran Jason Jones, Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis.

"Taylor had a terrific East-West Shrine game following the season and that's when the Lions ramped up their interest in him," said detroitlions.com lead writer Tim Twentyman following the pick.

P Sam Martin
Appalachian State |  Round 5 | Pick 165


The Detroit Lions definitely saw punter as a position of need heading into the weekend and they are hoping Appalachian State's Sam Martin will ultimately fill that need.

The Lions brought Martin in for a pre-draft visit, liking him for his versatility. Not only can he punt, he is a good holder and can also.

WR Corey Fuller
Virginia Tech |  Round 6 | Pick 171

The Lions have talked about getting a wide receiver to stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson all offseason.

Though he hasn't played much football -- Corey Fuller was a track star at Kansas before transferring to Virginia Tech -- the Lions believe he could fit that role.

"He's got great size, great speed. He's got a lot of upside," Mayhew said. "I really want to see what this kid can do on special teams, but he made some big plays in the passing game.

"We're talking about getting bigger and faster, he's another guy in that same vein."

RB Theo Riddick
Notre Dame |  Round 6 | Pick 199

The Lions chose a versatile player in RB Theo Riddick of Notre Dame.

Riddick returned kickoffs as a freshman, played slot receiver the next two years and finished up at running back in his senior season when the Irish made it to the BCS national championship game.

TE Michael Williams
Alabama |  Round 7 | Pick 211


TE Michael Williams is a block-first tight end who seems like a terrific fit for the Lions' vacant H-back role.

Last year Riley Reiff played that role primarily, but the Lions will obviously be looking to transition him to a traditional starting role -- more than likely left tackle.

"I just like playing the tight end position. The way I learned, the first thing you have to know is how to block," Williams said. "That's just how I was taught and that's just how I live. Blocking just became part of me."

LB Brandon Hepburn
Florida A&M |  Round 7 | Pick 245

The Detroit Lions drafted a future biochemist as their final pick in the 2013 draft.

In his conference call with the local media, he was actually asked if he was "wasting his time" playing football.

"I get that a lot," Hepburn said. "But football is ny No. 1 love and I've always wanted to be in this position I am now. To be able to live out my dream of playing in the NFL."

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