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Detroit Lions



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

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
QB
OLB

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WR
OG
ILB
CB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)

Depth Fill (P4)
RB
WRS
OT
OC
TE
NT
DL3T
DL5T
EDGE

Late Round Fill (P6)
SFTY

Minimal Need (P9)
CBN


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: 2023 CMD#5
Most recent mock draft update: 9/21/2022

R1
16
Detroit
Will Levis
Kentucky
QB
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
232
Will Levis NFL Draft photo
A 1-1 record with a win over the Commanders may not leap off the page, but Lions Nation is feeling the spark and daring to dream of outperforming expectations. The running game is clicking, Dan Campbell has people running through walls and Jared Goff looks more like the playoff winner of his early years than the battered shell who got dealt to Detroit. But even if Goff plays well and the Lions' perpetual rebuild moves in a positive direction, they still need options that don't involve paying Goff $30 million-plus a year.

Kentucky's Will Levis looks like a solid QB3 in this draft class, and he's a tough, quirky guy who figures to thrive under the tutelage of the Hulk Hogan of head coaches.



He has a strong arm and enough running ability to create Roethlisberger-like headaches for defenses. A year of grooming would still leave the team in position to have an affordable starter for several years as their overall talent level rises.

Check out the Lions' full draft haul at the Lions Team Draft Page.

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
R1
28
Detroit (Trade)
Tony Grimes
North Carolina
CB
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195
Tony Grimes NFL Draft photo
DET g LAR (M Stafford)
While the Lions' defense is clearly not as bad as it was last year, it still needs some work. As Year 2 of the Brad Holmes/Dan Campbell era unfolds, the 35-PPG offense is clearly leading the team. A couple of highly drafted DTs are out with injuries that they should overcome, but there remains a shortage of top-level talent in the back seven. Linebacker is a need area that may be addressed via free agency, but CB Jeff Okudah needs a long-term running mate on the deep islands in Aaron Glenn's attacking defense.



Syracuse's Garrett Williams has strong press-coverage skills and is a solid tackler against the run. While his size and speed numbers do not overwhelm, he is a guy who just keeps making plays.

-- Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
R2
47
Detroit
Owen Pappoe
Auburn
OLB
Reach/Value:
-15
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
226
Owen Pappoe NFL Draft photo
R3
79
Detroit
Justin Flowe
Oregon
ILB
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
237
Justin Flowe NFL Draft photo
R4
111
Detroit
Rakim Jarrett
Maryland
WR
Reach/Value:
+24
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
190
Rakim Jarrett NFL Draft photo
R5
143
Detroit
Matthew Jones
Ohio State
OG
Reach/Value:
-24
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
310
Matthew Jones NFL Draft photo
R6
175
Detroit
Joe Tippmann
Wisconsin
OC
Reach/Value:
+20
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Joe Tippmann NFL Draft photo
R6
177
Detroit (Trade)
Brenton Cox Jr.
Florida
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+21
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
253
Brenton Cox Jr. NFL Draft photo
DET g DEN (T Benson)


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
2022 1 2 Aidan Hutchinson Michigan EDGE Value +1
2022 1 12 Jameson Williams Alabama WR Reach -8
2022 2 46 Josh Paschal Kentucky DL5T Reach -46
2022 3 97 Kerby Joseph Illinois S Value +16
2022 5 177 James Mitchell Virginia Tech TE Value +1
2022 6 188 Malcolm Rodriguez Oklahoma State ILB Value +28
2022 6 217 James Houston Jackson State OLB Reach -37
2022 7 237 Chase Lucas Arizona St CB Reach -94
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