Detroit Lions Mock Draft v1.0
By Jeff Risdon
Adolphus Washington, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
With the offensive line bolstered by Tunsil, it’s time to address the defensive side of the ball. There are more options here in the 35-40 overall range, and several players could contribute right away at any of the defensive levels. But without an improved line, the Lions will never get back to the top shelf defense of 2014.
Washington has played both end and tackle for the top-ranked Buckeyes. His ability to generate pressure from the interior is a trait sorely missing from the current Lions, but he’s actually better at stacking and shedding to disrupt the run. In 2015 the 6’4”, 290-pound Cincinnati native has 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, one forced fumble and even a pick-six for good measure. Keep in mind Ohio State rotates personnel frequently along the front, which waters down the numbers a bit.
He is capable of playing the Jason Jones role, a strongside end who kicks inside to rush tackle. Washington can easily morph into a 5-technique in a 3-4 front if a new coach or coordinator opts to change the base scheme, too.
This pick contrasts my first-round philosophy of going for the potential home run. In the second round, I want a consistent doubles hitter who isn’t going to strike out. Washington is not without risk, but he’s highly regarded by none other than the aforementioned Bosa, who frequently capitalizes on his ability to disrupt opposing blocking schemes:
Screen Shot from Twitter, Eleven Warriors
Note the final line. It speaks to real potential which hasn’t peaked yet. Maybe the doubles hitter can crank out a few homers, too.
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