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Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: TEAM

Starter Need High (P1, P2)

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WR
NT
DL3T
DL5T
EDGE
OLB
ILB
SFTY
CB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)

Depth Fill (P4)
QB
WRS

Late Round Fill (P6)
RB
RBC
OT
OG
TE

Minimal Need (P9)
OC


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: Draft
Most recent mock draft update: 5/1/2021

R1
7
Detroit
Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
331
Penei Sewell NFL Draft photo
For most of the offseason, given the players available in our mocks, we were locked into Detroit going wide receiver, but in the end the Lions wound up with the best offensive linemen in the entire draft.

Even though I was a big advocate of Detroit addressing their wide receiver group, having a player of Sewell's caliber basically fall into your lap is simply put, a no brainer. Sewell is a beast of an offensive linemen and his toughness, grit, and overall skill is most definitely going to help boost Detroit's offensive production. Strengthening the o-line will allow more opportunities for the offense to flourish, possibly sneaking Swift, Williams, or yes, even Kerryon Johnson, outo of the backfield for checkdowns if the deep threats Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman aren't open. Thinking deeper, with this pick, Detroit will now likely shift Vatai to Guard and allow Sewell to take hold of the Right Tackle position. Also, knowing that T.J. Hockenson is also a more than solid run and pass blocker, Detroit may now have arguably the best offensive line in the NFC North. I love the selection.

Grade: A+

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R2
41
Detroit
Levi Onwuzurike
Washington
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
293
Levi Onwuzurike NFL Draft photo
With the first two selections for Detroit, a theme is becoming noticeable. That theme being, Holmes and Campbell are going after toughness, grit, and a blend of freak athleticism. In other words, finding guys that will buy into "biting kneecaps". Levi Onwuzurike is vicious, ferocious, and moves well for a big man on the d-line. Just watch these highlights if you're unfamiliar with Levi's work. It's impressive.

Detroit is seemingly going after tone setter, culture, and building block players with Sewell and Onwuzurike and building from the inside out. It's a sound strategy, especially when teams have to line up against Okwara, Brockers, Onwuzurike, and Flowers. I'm happy with the pick, but you do have to wonder when addressing wide receiver is going to happen. Maybe with one of their 3rd rounders? We'll find out.

Grade: B+

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R3
72
Detroit
Alim McNeill
North Carolina State
DL1T
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
320
Alim McNeill NFL Draft photo
Detroit goes big man in back-to-back selections here at #72 as they select North Carolina State DT, Alim McNeill. In many corners, McNeill was shooting up NFL draft boards, and according to Pro Football Focus, McNeill was being mocked in the second round in the Pick #40 range. His Pro Day really helped him by running a 4.94 dash and bench pressing 225 pounds in 27 reps.

Watching film on McNeill, he controls the line of scrimmage and rarely gets pushed around. It looks like Detroit, based on their last selection, is really hammering home the desire to stop the run and/or create more penetration with the McNeill and Onwuzurike picks.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

Grade: C+
R3
101
Detroit (Trade)
Ifeatu Melifonwu
Syracuse
CB
Reach/Value:
+24
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
212
Ifeatu Melifonwu NFL Draft photo
DET g LAR (Stafford)
Snagging a cornerback who was mentioned as a possible first-rounder in third round comp territory is nice work by new Detroit GM Brad Holmes. Ifeatu Melifonwu of Syracuse has size at 6-3 and ran a 4.48 40 at his Pro Day. He will require some work on coverage technique before his production catches his potential, but he has an excellent chance to find a role in the Detroit rebuild. Grade: B-
R4
112
Detroit
Amon-Ra St. Brown
USC
WR
Reach/Value:
+49
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195
Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Draft photo
R4
113
Detroit (Trade)
Derrick Barnes
Purdue
ILB
Reach/Value:
-15
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
240
Derrick Barnes NFL Draft photo
CLE g CAR (Draft Trade)
R7
257
Detroit (Trade)
Jermar Jefferson
Oregon State
RBC
Reach/Value:
+29
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
215
Jermar Jefferson NFL Draft photo
CLE g BUF (W Teller)


LIONS HISTORICAL DRAFT PICKS

Reach/Value (R/V) Explained
The difference between where a player is selected in the NFL draft versus where the player was listed on the final Drafttek Big Board for the season in question.
Example: A player who was listed at #50 on the Big Board and was selected at #35 will be a "Reach" of -15. Alternately, a player listed at #35 on the Big Board who was selected at #50 is a +15 "Value".

Simply put: a positive number is a Value pick, a negative number is a Reach.

YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2020 1 3 Jeffrey Okudah Ohio State CB Reach -3
2020 2 35 D'Andre Swift Georgia RB Value +6
2020 3 67 Julian Okwara Notre Dame EDGE Reach -9
2020 3 75 Jonah Jackson Ohio State OG Reach -22
2020 4 121 Logan Stenberg Kentucky OG Value +19
2020 5 166 Quintez Cephus Wisconsin WR Reach -66
2020 5 172 Jason Huntley NM State RBC Reach -66
2020 6 197 John Penisini Utah DL1T Reach -118
2020 7 235 Jashon Cornell Ohio State DL5T Reach -17
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2019 1 8 T.J. Hockenson Iowa TE Reach -1
2019 2 43 Jahlani Tavai Hawaii ILB Reach -80
2019 3 81 Will Harris Boston College S Reach -45
2019 4 117 Austin Bryant Clemson EDGE Reach -43
2019 5 146 Amani Oruwariye Penn State CB Value +98
2019 6 184 Travis Fulgham Old Dominion WR Reach -13
2019 6 186 Ty Johnson Maryland RB Reach -114
2019 7 224 Isaac Nauta Georgia TE Value +53
2019 7 229 P.J. Johnson Arizona DL1T Value +28
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2018 1 20 Frank Ragnow Arkansas OC Reach -40
2018 2 43 Kerryon Johnson Auburn RB Reach -31
2018 3 82 Tracy Walker LA-Lafayette S Reach -66
2018 4 114 Da'Shawn Hand Alabama DL5T Value +65
2018 5 153 Tyrell Crosby Oregon OT Value +63
2018 7 237 Nick Bawden San Diego State FB Reach -129
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2017 1 21 Jarrad Davis Florida ILB Reach -27
2017 2 53 Teez Tabor Florida CB Reach -12
2017 3 96 Kenny Golladay N Illinois WRF Reach -66
2017 4 124 Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee LB Reach -18
2017 4 127 Michael Roberts Toledo TE Value +18
2017 5 165 Jamal Agnew San Diego CB Value +7
2017 6 205 Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas DE Value +31
2017 6 215 Brad Kaaya Miami (FL) QB Value +10
2017 7 250 Pat O'Connor Eastern Michigan DE Value +4
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2016 1 16 Taylor Decker Ohio State OT Reach -5
2016 2 46 A'Shawn Robinson Alabama DL5T Value +31
2016 3 95 Graham Glasgow Michigan OG Reach -58
2016 4 111 Miles Killebrew Southern Utah S Reach -7
2016 5 151 Joe Dahl Washington St OG Reach -14
2016 5 169 Antwione Williams Ga. Southern ILB Reach -271
2016 6 191 Jake Rudock Michigan QB Reach -112
2016 6 202 Anthony Zettel Penn State DL3T Reach -62
2016 6 210 Jimmy Landas Baylor LS Reach -267
2016 7 236 Dwayne Washington Washington RBC Reach -162
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2015 1 28 Laken Tomlinson Duke OG Reach -25
2015 2 54 Ameer Abdullah Nebraska RBC Reach -2
2015 3 80 Alex Carter Stanford CB Value +7
2015 4 113 Gabe Wright Auburn DL3T Reach -7
2015 5 168 Michael Burton Rutgers FB Reach -135
2015 6 200 Quandre Diggs Texas CB Reach -3
2015 7 231 Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn RB Value +43
2015 7 240 Corey Robinson South Carolina OT Reach -29
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2014 1 10 Eric Ebron North Carolina TE Reach -8
2014 2 40 Kyle Van Noy BYU OLB Reach -5
2014 3 76 Travis Swanson Arkansas OC Reach -31
2014 4 133 Nevin Lawson Utah State CB Reach -64
2014 4 136 Larry Webster Bloomsburg EDGE Reach -43
2014 5 158 Caraun Reid Princeton DL3T Value +37
2014 6 189 T.J. Jones Notre Dame WR Reach -30
2014 7 229 Nate Freese Boston College PK Reach -134