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Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: June 1

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
WR

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WRS
CB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)

Depth Fill (P4)
RB
RBC
NT
EDGE
OLB
ILB
SFTY

Late Round Fill (P6)
OG
OC
DL3T
DL5T

Minimal Need (P9)
QB
OT
TE


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: #1-B
Most recent mock draft update: 6/12/2021

R1
2
Detroit
Kayvon Thibodeaux
Oregon
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Kayvon Thibodeaux NFL Draft photo
The Lions' multi-year rebuild got off to a promising start this year, with longtime QB Matt Stafford moved for draft capital and some interior trench pieces added in the early rounds of the draft. But there is still plenty of room for talented bigs on a Lions defense that gave up passing yards, rushing yards, and points with equal generosity in 2020. Oregon Rush End Kayvon Thibodeaux has top-tier talent and grades near the very top of draft boards everywhere.

PFF calls Thibodeaux "an elite talent who is bound for a monstrous 2021," and he showed game-changing ability with seven fourth-quarter sacks in 2019, his last full season of action. Along with helping the team return to competence, Thibodeaux and OT Penei Sewell could usher in an era of Lions fandom for Oregon grads everywhere.
R1
28
Detroit (Trade)
John Metchie III
Alabama
WRS
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
195
John Metchie III NFL Draft photo
DET g LA Rams (Stafford)
After leaving a bevy of alluring wideouts on the board to build in the trenches in 2021, the Lions take the next offering from the wideout factory that is Alabama football with shifty route runner John Metchie III. While a tad undersized, Metchie has separation skills and savvy to go with 4.5 speed. Bama stars Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are off to the league, so Metchie is positioned for a breakout year in 2021. And after a year of watching UDFA and journeyman receivers competing while covered, Lions fans could just be ready to go back into the angst-filled world of first-round wideouts.
R2
34
Detroit
David Bell
Purdue
WR
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
210
David Bell NFL Draft photo
R3
66
Detroit
Frank Ladson Jr.
Clemson
WR
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
205
Frank Ladson Jr. NFL Draft photo
R5
130
Detroit
Nate Landman
Colorado
ILB
Reach/Value:
+12
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
235
Nate Landman NFL Draft photo
R6
162
Detroit
Tiawan Mullen
Indiana
CB
Reach/Value:
-11
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
185
Tiawan Mullen NFL Draft photo
R7
210
Detroit (Trade)
Doug Nestor
West Virginia
OG
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
327
Doug Nestor NFL Draft photo
DET g NE (M Jackson)
R7
219
Detroit (Trade)
Amari Burney
Florida
S
Reach/Value:
-23
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
224
Amari Burney 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