Could the Detroit Lions land a top-three level player in the first round? And who will start at right guard in 2019? Let’s dive into some headlines.
Despite an epic haul in free agency, the Detroit Lions still have some needs to fill along their roster. And they will likely use the draft to do so. But exactly what kind of players might the Lions be looking for? And who could fall to them eighth overall?
We’ll discuss the impending draft as well as whom might get the starting nod at right guard when the regular season kicks off. That’s all in today’s edition of headlines.
Touted as possibly the surest prospect of the entire 2019 NFL Draft, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is expected to be a top-three selection come April. But in Peter Schrager’s latest mock draft, he has the talented lineman landing in Motown. And it makes sense since Detroit has a recent history of drafting defensive lineman out of Alabama.
With all eyes now focused on the upcoming college selection event, what will the second draft class of the Matt Patricia era look like? According to the above article, Patricia is wanting teachable prospects that have a passion for the game and a certain level of toughness. So Wonderlic scores, durability and player interviews could all be deciding factors.
Listed among the top slot corners in the NFL by Pro Football Focus is the Lions’ newest secondary addition, former Seattle Seahawk Justin Coleman. Although early signs seem to indicate Coleman will remain in the slot for Detroit, the team is in no rush to set his position on the defense. They could still opt to play him on the outside, opposite two-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay.
The recent release of two-time Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang has many wondering how the Lions will address that need. While some speculate Detroit could opt to draft a prospect high to fill the void, others believe the job could be filled from within. Particularly by veteran Kenny Wiggins who played 10 games in Lang’s absence last season. There’s also a possibility that 2018 fifth round selection, Tyrell Crosby, could also make the switch from tackle to guard in order to fill that role.