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Mel Kiper Jr. changes his DT for Lions in latest mock draft

3/5/2015
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NFL Draft Prospect: Eddie Goldman

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down some of the strengths and weaknesses of Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.

The position remains the same -- and likely will, barring major moves in free agency or a draft shakeup -- but the defensive tackle ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has selected for the Detroit Lions has changed.

After going with Texas tackle Malcom Brown in his previous mock draft, Kiper Jr. predicts Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman to the Lions at pick No. 23 in his third mock draftInsider.

Goldman is a possibility to Detroit, as is almost any defensive tackle that could be taken in the first two rounds of the draft. This position is Detroit's largest need as only three tackles are on the roster right now: Caraun Reid, Xavier Proctor, and Jermelle Cudjo. Of the three, only Reid played a snap for the Lions last season, and he was used sparingly behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, C.J. Mosley, and Andre Fluellen -- all of whom are free agents.

The 6-foot-3 Goldman is the No. 3 defensive tackle on the ESPN/Scouts Inc. rankings and the No. 18 player overall. It would be a somewhat sensical pick for the Lions, although it would be interesting to see what could happen if the Lions brought back Fairley and had Goldman next to him since those would be two massive players next to each other.

Some other potential early-round picks for the Lions at tackle would be Brown, Iowa's Carl Davis and Ohio State's Mike Bennett.