2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #8

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Eli Ricks



With heavy investments in the O and D lines over the past two drafts, the Lions have some foundational pieces in place and a cohesive try-hard culture courtesy of Coach Dan Campbell. This year will be about staying healthy, developing young talent into leadership roles and giving Jared Goff a good honest shot to make the QB job his own. The massive year-over-year change in NFL standings has Lions fans hopeful that this approach can prove a springboard for a dramatic leap. One position group to watch will be the defensive backfield, where highly touted corner Jeff Okudah tries to battle back from a torn Achilles and revive his career.

While the eighth draft slot doesn't appear to line up for a franchise QB, it may afford the Lions a chance at elite pass-defending talent. High-end CB and highlight machine Eli Ricks, who portaled from LSU to Alabama after Ed Orgeron was fired, appears poised to join the 14 Nick Saban DBs already on NFL rosters. Ricks is the kind of big, physical corner who can handle single coverage and tackle well enough to fit into the physical scheme the Lions are trying to install.

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

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst

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