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Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: March 3

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
WR
EDGE

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WRS
NT
DL3T
DL5T
ILB
SFTY

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
QB
CB

Depth Fill (P4)
RB
OT

Late Round Fill (P6)
RBC
OG
TE
OLB

Minimal Need (P9)
OC


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: #17
Most recent mock draft update: 3/2/2021

R1
7
Detroit
DeVonta Smith
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
175
DeVonta Smith NFL Draft photo
The picture is becoming a little more clear on what Detroit is planning to do with Kenny Golladay. As Brad Holmes met with the media on Tuesday, he shed some light on his intentions: "Kenny has shown the ability to be a number one receiver in this league", said Holmes. Holmes clearly thinks highly of Golladay and will do whatever it takes to not let him slip through their grasp. Whether it's a franchise tag or working out a longer deal, Golladay is adored by Holmes.

By signing Golladay or not, Campbell repeatedly cited the need for "competition" in any and all positional groups, saying that "it's healthy and makes you better". By selecting Devonta Smith #7 overall, the Lions can gift themselves a young receiver to build around whether Golladay is tagged, re-signs, or is let go as this also provides the competition that Holmes and Campbell are seemingly striving for.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R2
41
Detroit
Jay Tufele
USC
DL3T
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
310
Jay Tufele NFL Draft photo
If the Lions want to make any impact on their roster this offseason, they're going to have to be masters of manipulating cap space. According to OverTheCap.com, the Lions are currently $9M over the cap floor at $180M and will need to restructure or release the most sensical players in order to be cap compliant once the 2021 season begins. This ultimately means that Detroit will not only have tough decisions to make in the next few weeks, but will need to place heavy emphasis on players that are well-rounded and highly versatile. More bang for their buck, so to speak.

This is where USC's DT Jay Tufele comes into the mix. His high motor, athletic ability, and versatility should be something very coveted by Detroit. It's also a position of need, given their leading pass rusher Romeo Okwara is slated to be a free agent.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R3
72
Detroit
Joe Tryon
Washington
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
262
Joe Tryon NFL Draft photo
R3
88
Detroit (Trade)
Jaylen Twyman
Pitt
DL5T
Reach/Value:
+27
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
290
Jaylen Twyman NFL Draft photo
DET g LAR (Stafford)
R4
108
Detroit
Jaelon Darden
North Texas
WRS
Reach/Value:
+15
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
174
Jaelon Darden NFL Draft photo
R5
150
Detroit
Tariq Thompson
San Diego State
S
Reach/Value:
+12
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
200
Tariq Thompson NFL Draft photo


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