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2022 Detroit Lions Mock Draft 2.0

It’s Draft Time. What does a mock look like with Detroit trading down from 2? Will there be surprise reaches? This writer thinks so

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2022 Detroit Lions Mock Draft 2.0

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Katie did a fantastic job with her 1.0 Draft. But now here we are with the Draft upon us, and I thought I’d take a shot at a 2.0. Going in to this I had one goal for the Lions second pick: Hutchinson or Bust. Either Jacksonville lets the Michigan star fall to number 2, or they take him, in which case I think the Lions should look to trade down. So without further ado:

*TRADE* Detroit trades #2(Rd1) and #66(Rd3) to the New York Jets for #4(Rd1) #10(Rd1) #111(Rd4) 2023 Rd4 & 2024 Rd4

Okay, this might be crazy, but it was accepted. Dropping only 2 spots and adding another first round pick while simultaneously turning 1 3rd round pick into 4 4th round picks.

Pick #4 – Kayvon Thibodeaux/ED/Oregon

Edge rusher is easily the Lions biggest need in this draft. And with Hutch going one, the odds of Oregon’s standout ED being still available at 4 were very high, which allows for the trading down. With Sauce Gardner and Travon Walker already off the board in this draft, the table is set for the unanimous All-American to make his way to the Motor City.

Pick #10 – Malik Willis/QB/Liberty

Look, I know this would be characterized as a reach, especially when you factor Jared Goff is going to be the starter and got better as last season went on. But this pick is as much about Willis’s ceiling as a QB talent as it is about Malik Willis being one of the best character guys in the Draft. There’s nothing to not like about this kid, both on and off the field. With Goff under contract for one more year, he’d have time to learn the NFL game while also putting pressure on Goff to perform, which can only be a good thing.

Pick #32 – Skyy Moore/WR/Western Michigan

Yes, Detroit’s biggest needs are on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, the Lions added DJ Chark in the offseason. Yes, Amon St. Brown came on in a big way towards the end of last season. Those are all true. But so is the fact that this draft is much deeper on the defensive side of the ball, and the Lions still don’t have many receiving weapons outside of the two already mentioned receivers and tight end TJ Hockenson. Skyy Moore is an elite level route runner. And while so much has been made about Kenny Pickett’s hand size being too small, Moore has the biggest hands in the draft amongst the WR pool. Good hands, good speed, great football IQ. That’s a win.

Pick #34 – Jalen Pitre/CB/Baylor

Pitre was one of the absolute best defenders in the PAC-12 last season. In fact he led the conference in tackles for a loss, which is very impressive for someone usually lining up in the second level. He has experience at both CB and Safety which helps a sorely lacking Detroit secondary, while also adding another threat to get into the backfield. Win win.

Pick #97 – Jalyn Armour-Davis/CB/Alabama

Yep, back to back CBs named Jalyn/Jalen. And it never hurts to add a lengthy corner out of Tuscaloosa. Armour-Davis would have to be considered a mid-round steal at #97.

Pick #111 – Dominique Robinson/ED/Miami(OH)

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet, but the Lions pass rush needs HELP. One EDGE player will not be enough. Fun fact: Miami(OH) was a University before Florida was a state. (This is not relevant to this pick really but my mother went to Miami(OH) and says this all the time. All. The. Time.)

Pick #177 Micah McFadden/LB/Indiana

McFadden had a stellar Big 10 career, most of the time as the MIKE LB. Coming off two years as an All-American, Micah will be ready to contribute from Day 1 which is an amazing thing for this late of a pick.

Pick #181 Brian Robinson Jr./HB/Alabama

Alabama RB’s have a great history of performing in the NFL. That’s all I have here. I don’t know.

Pick #217 Nephi Sewell/LB/Utah

Everything Katie said about Nephi when she took him at #177 applies here as well, except at an even better value 50 picks later.

I’ll be honest, if any of these players ends up being drafted by the Lions this weekend, I’ll be surprised, and that’s purely due to the unpredictability of this draft class. What I do know is that I oddly have trust in Detroit’s front office for the first time in a long time, and I am just excited to see how the pieces fall.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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