2023 NFL Team Draft Page

Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: January 26

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
OLB
CB

Starter Need Medium (P3)
QB
WR
OG
TE
NT
DL3T
ILB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
CBN

Depth Fill (P4)
RB
WRS
EDGE
SFTY

Late Round Fill (P6)
OT
OC
DL5T

Minimal Need (P9)


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: 2023 CMD#2
Most recent mock draft update: 1/26/2023

R1
6
Detroit (Trade)
Joey Porter Jr.
Penn State
CB
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
####
Weight:
192
Joey Porter Jr. NFL Draft photo
DET g LAR (M Stafford)
After the Lions' lauded young Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson spurned head coaching opportunities and decided to spend another year in Detroit, it's all systems go on getting the defense tweaked up to match the surprisingly potent offense. And with five of the first 82 picks, the team is in position to overhaul the roster. While the Lions' top pick, #6 from the Rams, seems destined to fall just outside the impact-player zone, there will still be plenty of star talent available. And with needs on all three levels of the defense, the Lions can be flexible.

So with Jalen Carter and Will Anderson off the board, the Lions can shift back to the secondary to begin their shopping spree. After all, the Lions' coverage rating of 48.8 was the lowest in the entire NFL according to PFF.


Enter Joey Porter Jr. An NFL legacy with longer arms than any NFL CB, Porter plays a physical style that suggests CB1 island in the near future. His impact on the Lions' roster would be immediate, getting the draft off to a great start.

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

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
R1
18
Detroit
Trenton Simpson
Clemson
OLB
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
####
Weight:
230
Trenton Simpson NFL Draft photo
The Lions' defense was atrocious in the early stages of the 2022 season, then it ticked up to slightly above average during the team's 8-2 run to a 9-8 finish. Nonetheless, Year 3 of the current rebuild is the perfect moment for defensive talent infusions at all three levels. The linebacking corps is a case in point. Led by veteran overachiever Alex Anzalone, the group has several try-hard guys and Malcolm Rodriguez, a great find in the sixth round last year. It has no stars.


Clemson's Trenton Simpson would bring a new vibe. He exudes athletic talent at all times, from his outstanding zone coverage to his 4.4 40 speed at a lean 240 pounds to his knack for getting to the passer via the edge rush. He's likely the only first-round LB in this year's draft, so lots of teams will have their sights on him come Draft Day. He brings a versatility and speed upgrade that will have his new NFL bosses drawing up schemes long before training camp.

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
R2
48
Detroit
Andrew Vorhees
USC
OG
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320
Andrew Vorhees NFL Draft photo
R2
55
Detroit (Trade)
Dalton Kincaid
Utah
TE
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
242
Dalton Kincaid NFL Draft photo
DET g MIN (TJ Hockenson)
R3
81
Detroit
Jaquelin Roy
LSU
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
297
Jaquelin Roy NFL Draft photo
R5
152
Detroit
Dontay Demus Jr.
Maryland
WR
Reach/Value:
+18
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
215
Dontay Demus Jr. NFL Draft photo
R6
181
Detroit (Trade)
Dillon Doyle
Baylor
ILB
Reach/Value:
-33
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
235
Dillon Doyle NFL Draft photo
DET g DEN (T Benson)
R6
192
Detroit
Stetson Bennett
Georgia
QB
Reach/Value:
-23
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
190
Stetson Bennett 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
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