The Detroit Lions use the 20th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to select …
By Robert Jones
Then there are the edge rushers. Marcus Davenport from Texas-San Antonio and Boston College product Harold Landry.
Davenport has been compared favorably to the Lions own Ziggy Ansah. However, he is a very raw player. Despite having great athletic ability, he will take time to develop. Once he does develop he could very well be a dominant player, but the chances are that he would not be able to contribute that much early.
I’m not sure that would be a luxury the Lions could afford, but they may also believe that Patricia, who is known for his ability to get the most out of his players, will be able to get Davenport to contribute earlier than expected.
Finally there is Harold Landry. This is the prized pupil of Lions current defensive coordinator Paul Paqualoni, who was the former defensive line coach at Boston College.
Landry developed into a dominant defensive force under Pasqualoni, despite a subpar senior season after experiencing a high ankle sprain.
Yet Landry is a high character player that loves film study and has a relentless motor. Obviously the Lions know everything they need to about him and his ability to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and put his hand in the dirt in the 4-3, makes him another versatile player that Patricia would highly value.
So that pretty much covers all the top possibilities. The only question that is left is; who will the Lions select?
There is only one way to answer this question. It’s Magic 8-Ball time!
Magic 8-Ball, will the Lions select either Will Hernandez or Isaiah Wynn to solidify the O-line?
Reply hazy try again.
All right. Will Bob Quinn add Rashaad Evans to the Lions re-vamped linebacking corps?
Cannot predict right now.
O.K., let’s make this easy, will the Lions decide to bolster the backfield with Derrius Guice or perhaps another running back tonight?
Better not tell you now.
Right. Well that leaves the defensive line. Oh Magic 8-Ball, will Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia add much needed talent to their defensive line with a quality tackle or possible edge rusher?
Ask again later.
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Alright so there you go. After all the build up and waiting for the draft, clearly the Lions will choose… a talented player that will most likely contribute to the teams success on defense or offense.
Any more questions?