Defense North Team
Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota St., 6-1, 199, 4.55
Brown has the size the Lions covet on the outside but needs to show that he can cover Power 5 competition. While Brown’s timed speed is not elite, he earned all-conference honors and is projected as a fifth-round prospect currently ranked 21 in the class at cornerback.
The Detroit Lions need at cornerback may lead them to select more than one cornerback and a player like Brown could be a later selection.
Jalen Jelks, DE/Edge, Oregon, 6-5, 250, 4.81
Jelks, the Oregon product, is in the mold of the edge players that work in head coach Matt Patricia’s defense. An excellent athlete, Jelks has made some big plays at North practices. He is predicted to get drafted in the middle rounds, somewhere near the fourth round.
The Lions have to upgrade their edge players and it is another area where Bob Quinn could select more than just one player. Jelks needs to show some consistency and a strong performance could up his draft stock at the right time. He has received all-conference honors and put up big numbers in a Power 5 conference, the PAC 12.