The Detroit Lions 2015 NFL Draft Watch List gives you college football players to watch each week who could be on the Lions’ radar next spring.
Clemson vs. Georgia
5:30 p.m. – ESPN
Vic Beasley (#3), DE – Clemson
An impact defender who exploded onto the scene in 2013, Vic Beasley tied for third in the nation in sacks with 13 and fourth in TFL with 23. At 6-3, 235 lbs., Beasley lacks ideal bulk and the length to be an every down end in a 43 front at the next level. However, there will always be a place in the NFL for prospects who can rush the passer, and Beasley has shown he has the necessary skill set to be consistently disruptive in an opponent’s backfield.
An elite athlete, Beasley utilizes his explosiveness off the snap, speed and fluidity to routinely beat offensive tackles off the edge. Beasley’s best fit would be as an OLB in a 3-4 or 4-3, though he could bulk up and play with his hand in the dirt as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3.
Grady Jarrett (#50), DT – Clemson
With Suh’s contract negotiations on hold and a talented yet seemingly never motivated Nick Fairley, it’s no secret to Lions fans that the personnel department will be paying particular attention to defensive tackle prospects. One prospect who hasn’t received a lot of national attention but should this season, is Clemson’s Grady Jarrett.
Jarrett is on the light side at 6-1, 295 lbs., but his non-stop motor, strength and quickness have allowed him to be a productive playmaker in Clemson’s front four. Last season in 13 starts, Jarrett had 59 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, 14 quarterback pressures and two recovered fumbles. With some prime time games on the schedule, Jarrett will get a chance to highlight his potential to be a difference maker up front.
Ramkin Wilson (#51), LB – Georgia
Although the Lions appear to be set at linebacker, one never can predict how things will transpire over the course of the season. As such, scouts are always on the lookout for difference makers on the defensive side of the ball, and Georgia linebacker Ramkin Wilson has the potential to be special in that regard.
Wilson led all SEC defenders with 133 tackles, along with 11 TFL and four sacks. Wilson’s game is built on speed and if he continues his relentless style of play, he has a shot at being in the mix for SEC Defensive Player of the Year, which is noteworthy given the amount of NFL talent in the conference. At 6-2, 232 lbs., Wilson has the versatility to play inside or out in a 4-3 scheme.