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Detroit Lions



DETROIT LIONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: May 8

Starter Need High (P1, P2)

Starter Need Medium (P3)
QB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
CB

Depth Fill (P4)
RB
WR
WRS
OT
OG
OC
TE
NT
DL3T
DL5T
EDGE
OLB
ILB

Late Round Fill (P6)
SFTY

Minimal Need (P9)
CBN


LIONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: 2023 CMD#1
Most recent mock draft update: 6/1/2022

R1
4
Detroit
Tyler Van Dyke
Miami
QB
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
224
Tyler Van Dyke NFL Draft photo
For a team coming off a three-win year, the Lions are enjoying a bit of an off-season bounce these days. Leader-of-Men Dan Campbell is atop the preseason betting for Coach of the Year, the team's young offensive line is among the best in the game and numerous starters are recovering well from last year's injuries.

So this draft scenario is what is known in Lions circles as "the most Lions sh!t ever." If they are drafting this high again it means Jared Goff was not the answer, no COY for Campbell and the team desperately needs a new franchise QB. If they are drafting at 4 it means the two sure-fire QBs have gone. Sit with that for just a second. But Tyler Van Dyke of Miami may be ready to join the top echelon, after a scorching six-game run to finish the 2021 season.


If it's not Van Dyke, it could be Slovis, Rattler, Levis or maybe a small-school guy we haven't even heard of yet. But it'll be a QB.

-Jud Branam, Lions Analyst

Check out the Lions' full draft class at the Team Draft Page
R1
31
Detroit (Trade)
Quentin Johnston
TCU
WR
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
201
Quentin Johnston NFL Draft photo
DET g LAR (M Stafford)
They've scored major value on Amon-Ra St. Brown, signed DJ Chark and boldly drafted Jameson Williams, so the Lions' receiving corps has been mostly overhauled. But it still lacks one key element of the modern pass attack: A big, physical downfield battler. TCU's Quentin Johnston is 6-4, figures to top 200 pounds by Combine time and has a knack for winning contested catches and breaking tackles.


Johnston, who has been compared to Lions legend Herman Moore, has many admirers in the draftnik community. The Lions may need some post-title slippage from the Rams to get this pick from the Stafford trade into his range.

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
R2
36
Detroit
Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama
RB
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
200
Jahmyr Gibbs NFL Draft photo
R3
68
Detroit
Brenton Cox Jr.
Florida
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
253
Brenton Cox Jr. NFL Draft photo
R4
99
Detroit
Riley Moss
Iowa
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
194
Riley Moss NFL Draft photo
R5
131
Detroit
Cooper Beebe
Kansas State
OT
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
320
Cooper Beebe NFL Draft photo
R6
163
Detroit
J.D. Bertrand
Notre Dame
OLB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
230
J.D. Bertrand NFL Draft photo
R7
195
Detroit
Jaheim Bell
South Carolina
TE
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
230
Jaheim Bell 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