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Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: September 22

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
WR
EDGE

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WRS
CB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
QB

Depth Fill (P4)
OLB
ILB
SFTY

Late Round Fill (P6)
RB
RBC
OG
OC
NT
DL3T
DL5T

Minimal Need (P9)
OT
TE


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: #5
Most recent mock draft update: 9/22/2021

R1
3
Detroit
Aidan Hutchinson
Michigan
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-13
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
269
Aidan Hutchinson NFL Draft photo
With Kayvon Thibodeaux selected as the number one overall player in this mock, Detroit selects the next best pass rusher with J.J Watt-like comparisons in Aidan Hutchinson. According to Pro Football Focus, through the first 3 weeks of the college football season, he has a 92.6 grade, first among all defensive players in NCAA football.


As a Michigan native, I realize how this can come off as a "homer pick", but the Lions came into Week 2 as the highest blitzing team in the NFL and I think it goes without saying after watching Monday Night's drubbing from the Packers, this team doesn't have much strength in the defensive backfield, hence the need to bring pressure. Further, secondary is something this team is not likely to address in a top 3 to 5 position in next year's draft, but perhaps through free agency or trade. Given how the Jeff Okudah pick is turning out, I doubt they go DB in the top 5 despite the elite talent of Darryl Stingley.

The next best move, other than eyeing a QB in this instance, would be to build on that defensive line. Players like Hutchinson or Thibodeaux don't grow on trees. Jared Goff hasn't been the problem for this team's 0-2 start and I still believe it's too early to make him the scapegoat and call for a QB here.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R1
30
Detroit (Trade)
Drake London
USC
WR
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
210
Drake London NFL Draft photo
DET g LA Rams (Stafford)
Given the Lions' 0-2 start and watching this offense work, it's ever more apparent they are truly lacking a deep threat in their receiving corps. Granted, Tyrell Williams was supposed to be that guy and Quintez Cephus has had some opportunities, but the team is truly missing a Marvin Jones or Kenny Golladay-esque presence in their receiving group.

Bulding on this, through the first two weeks, Jared Goff has a 6.3 average yards per completion rating. This is a career low, not counting his rookie season at a 5.3 average yards per completion. It's clear Detroit lacks downfield weapons, which is why yet again we are addressing receiver with their second first rounder by selecting Drake London from USC.

Yes, the Lions would be pairing up two former USC Trojan teammates, Amon-Ra St. Brown with Drake London, but London is a totally different receiver than St. Brown. Standing at 6'5", London does give off some Golladay vibes with his size and ability to make athletic grabs downfield. I'm not necessarily comparing him to Golladay here, but the size comparison (6'4" - Golladay) and the film suggests they're fairly similar.

Regardless, Detroit needs that downfield threat, someone to go up and nab a contested catch or two in a game and London would be the guy. It's hard watching this offense work its way 5 yards at a time, knowing they can't hit a big play with consistency.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
R2
35
Detroit
John Metchie III
Alabama
WRS
Reach/Value:
+13
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
195
John Metchie III NFL Draft photo
R3
67
Detroit
Jalen Tolbert
South Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
195
Jalen Tolbert NFL Draft photo
R5
131
Detroit
Jayden Daniels
Arizona State
QB
Reach/Value:
+7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
200
Jayden Daniels NFL Draft photo
R7
211
Detroit (Trade)
Tre Swilling
Georgia Tech
CB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
200
Tre Swilling NFL Draft photo
DET g NE (M Jackson)
R7
219
Detroit (Trade)
Kuony Deng
California
OLB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
245
Kuony Deng NFL Draft photo
DET g CLE (D Blough & pick swap))


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
2021 1 7 Penei Sewell Oregon OT Value +5
2021 2 41 Levi Onwuzurike Washington DL3T Value +0
2021 3 72 Alim McNeill North Carolina State DL1T Value +3
2021 3 101 Ifeatu Melifonwu Syracuse CB Value +24
2021 4 112 Amon-Ra St. Brown USC WR Value +49
2021 4 113 Derrick Barnes Purdue ILB Reach -15
2021 7 257 Jermar Jefferson Oregon State RBC Value +29
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