Mock draft season is officially upon us! It’s that glorious period between the Super Bowl and the actual draft where NFL fans over analyze every possible decision that they think their team might make. So let’s jump right into silly season.
The Detroit Lions are a team that appear to be on an upward trajectory if that is to be believed. Despite their 3-13-1 record last year there is a new belief in both the front office at Ford Field and in the locker room culture as well. Just ask new Lions WR DJ Chark.
With 9 picks in this years draft (2 in the first round) and an NFC North division that is starting to look more and more wide open, the Lions are poised to make some potentially franchise changing decisions in April. Lord knows we have enough holes to be filled. So lets go bite some kneecaps…..
Pick #2-Kyle Hamilton, S
Yes, edge is a priority for the Lions given that their pass rush win rate was ranked 31st out of 32 teams last season but in the hopes that veteran Arden Key signs with Detroit after his recent visit I’d rather see the Lions grab the best available defensive player at number 2. Hamilton was an 2021 All-American defensive player and with Tracy Walker re-signing he could learn from him. Seems like this would be an easy decision if Aiden Hutchinson goes number 1.
Pick #32-Boye Mafe, ED
As I mentioned, the Lions have a big hole to fill on the edge and with Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux likely off the board by the end of the first round you might as well grab the next best edge. Either he learns from Key if he signs here or he’s ready to be plugged in from day 1. In 2020 Mafe was number 2 in the Big Ten in forced fumbles.
Pick #34-Jahan Dotson, WR
The DJ Chark signing certainly strengthens the Lions receiving core but that’s not to say that they still couldn’t use more help. Unless the Lions trade up for either Chris Olave or Amon-Ra St.Brown’s USC teammate Drake London then Dotson is a solid pick at 34. He ranked in the top 3 in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in the Big Ten in both 2020 and 2021.
Pick #66-Brian Asamoah, LB
Ok, time to get back to defense and away from my apparent Big Ten bias so far. Asamoah was in the top 10 in the Big 12 in solo tackles, total tackles, and fumbles forced. Outside of the edge position linebacker is the next biggest defensive hole that the Lions and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn need to fill.
Pick #97-Darrian Beavers, LB
See what I said above. Beavers was part of a Cincinnati team that was making a bid for the CFB for most of the year. He was in the top 10 in the American League in total tackles and tackles for loss in 2021.
Pick #177-Nephi Sewell, LB
Nephi’s older brother Penei went number 3 overall in last years draft to the Lions and made an immediate impact. This should be a no brainer for Brad Holmes especially given how well having the Okwara brothers on the team is going so far for them.
Pick #181-Hassan Haskins, HB
Ok. Back to my Big 10 bias. If you know anything about me you know that I watched enough Michigan games last year to know how many Haskin Hurdles I witnessed last season. No coach in the NFL loves halfbacks more than Dan Campbell (allegedly) does. If he’s still there it’s an easy call for me. He strengthens and adds height to a backfield led by D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams.
Pick #217-Jalen Nailor, WR
If there’s one college team I watched almost as much as Michigan it’s MSU. I watched Nailor “nail” some special catches. He’s ranked in the top 2 in receiving yards per reception in the Big Ten for the last 2 years. Solid late round receiving pick.
Pick #234-DJ Dale, DL
I’ll be honest at this point I took one of the best defensive players left in the draft. And any player from Alabama is probably a sure bet.
I have trust in what Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell see in the future for this team. There’s a chance that they could take a QB in the early rounds but I’d hope that they see if the Jared Goff from the second half of the season shows up this year and hold off until next seasons much stronger QB class. Happy Hunting Lions fans!
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