Despite not being a “draft guy” in recent years, this year I have tried to put a lot of effort into changing this aspect of my game. With that in mind, I’m doing something I’m always been uncomfortable with: a seven-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions.
Let’s jump right into it.
Round 1, Selection 2: Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux
I have gone back and forth through almost every situation for Lions with the latter choice. I’ve considered Malik Willis, Kyle Hamilton, Travon Walker and almost everything in between. I deal with what makes the most sense: there is a player who can get to the full-back. After all, the Lions were the third worst team in the NFL when it came to firing fullbacks in 2021.
Because Aidan Hutchinson is likely to be selected by the Jaguars with the first choice. Kayvon Thibodeaux is the way to go here. Thibodeaux is a sports animal that received a grade Elite 9.6 RAS. I know some people are worried about his ego and there are some worries that he is not putting in the effort at every moment. I just do not see it on film. What I see is a very talented and athletic player that Lions should take on.
Round 1, Option 32: Security Jaquan Brisker
Speaking of sports, Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker published a 9.11 RAS by star NFL Combine. It’s perfect because opposing breaches will call 911 on him all year round in 2022 and beyond. I’m kidding, but seriously, they will.
Lions need security after failing to take on the role of free agent other than returning Tracy Walker. What fascinates me most is Ian Cummings’ Pro Football Network scout report that got me thinking about former Lions Glover Quin.
“Brisker follows the eyes of the defender, but he is also aware of the space around him. He does not get gait and this natural consciousness makes him very adaptable as a player. “
Round 2, Selection 34: Chad Muma lineman
The Lions preferably have a shot at Nakobe Dean from Georgia at the age of 32 in the real NFL draft. If not, Wyoming’s Chad Muma is a fine lineman that Lions should be excited to have.
Muma is another athlete – notice the development? – with a premium level of 9.74 RAS. That’s pretty good for a 6-foot 3, 242-pound linebacker. Mom can do anything. He knows how to tire, he has a closing speed and is a tackle machine. Muma might well be what the Lions hoped Jarrad Davis could be when they put him in it.
Round 3, Choice 66: Isaiah is likely to be excited
If Likely falls into this position, the Lions will have to let Brad Holmes run on the podium and announce the selection himself.
One thing we learned about the Lions’ attack late in the season is that it can be a lot of fun and very dangerous with head coach Dan Campbell and attacking coach Ben Johnson at the helm. With that in mind, it’s time to stack up for Jared Goff. He already has a high athletic density that is capable of playing in TJ Hockenson. How about getting him another one? There are no rules that say you can only have one.
Probably athleticism (he’s faster than his 4.94 RAS suggests) and great play abilities make the lions a little more dangerous. Opposing defenders will constantly wonder where Jared Goff is going to put the ball. At 6 feet 4 feet, Probably has the ability to climb up and reach the end zone, something the Lions missed in 2021.
Round 3, Choice 97: Wan’Dale Robinson Wide Receiver
We know so little about what the Lions are going to do in this draft, but one thing we do know is that the Lions are reportedly interested in Robinson from Kentucky. So why not contact him here?
Robinson is by no means the biggest man. He is only 5 feet and 8 and 178 pounds. The lions do not need a big man, though. What the Lions need is speed, which can reach the ball almost anywhere. Robinson is this guy.
Round 5, Selection 177: Dylan Parham guard
Parham’s athleticism is so off the list that I had to jump at the chance to land it. He had an 8.76 RAS and won the second lowest rate of full-back pressure in the country last season. The guy can move and he can keep players away from his full-back.
Parham is a guy who can come in and turn in and out of the reserve and even play tackle if needed. In the meantime, he will need to take some time before he can possibly grow into a starting role. The lions should clearly monitor where this guy falls into the draft – because it could be sooner than this spot indicates.
Round 6, Selection 181: Security Bubba Bolden
Lions could still use more security help. As it stands, they actually have Tracy Walker, Will Harris and CJ Moore on the list among other kids who could not make the cut in the camp. Get into Miami security Bubba Bolden.
Bolden is another guy who is an athlete. He is going to the draft with 9.49 RAS and ran a nice 4.47 40 yard freestyle on the mixer. Bolden could come in and argue for some playing time between Walker and Brisker.
Round 6, Selection 217: Defender / tight Connor Heyward
It’s superback time. Yes, the Lions already have a full-back and they are full of full-backs, but why not have a boy on the team who can do things anyway? If you’re a Michigan State fan, you know that Heyward played fullback, fullback, fixed end and sometimes even widescreen in his time as Spartan. If there’s one thing the league can’t have too much of, it’s players who can do a lot of things.
Round 7, Selection 234: Wide receiver Jalen Nailor
Here’s one for me. The lions are probably good with the notes, but one more boy in the building could not hurt, especially the one who can help in the comeback game. They call the man “Speedy” for a reason. That’s because he can actually get away from you. Nailor finished second in the big ten in yards per catch last season. In 2020, he led the conference in the same category. The Lions are a team that needs help in this category.