Unexpected things happen all the time in the NFL, especially when it comes to the draft. I have a few scenarios that could play out for the Detroit Lions.
Every year, NFL teams throw us fans for a loop. Mock drafts and common sense get thrown out the door. The Detroit Lions know how to shock their fan base when it comes to draft picks.
My predictions, although realistic, should spark debate. Ultimately, that’s the goal. Stirring up conversation and thinking beyond the hype built up by the mainstream media is the idea.
1. More draft picks on offense
New system, new offensive coordinator, that’s a lot to take in for the Lions. Darrell Bevell is a decent coach. Still, there’s a lot of help needed on that side of the ball.
The new philosophy Bevell calls for involves a lot more running of the football than the previous offense. A good offensive line is crucial for that to take place. Detroit needs another running back to help carry the load as well.
When it comes to the passing game, the Lions likely address the tight end and wide receiver positions to add depth. Not to mention, getting a viable backup quarterback wouldn’t hurt either.
2. Cornerback on Day Three
Given the recent investments from this year alone, combined with the players from before who are still developing, I don’t see a cornerback getting selected on Days One or Two. The soonest I see it happening is the fifth round.
A lot of the private workouts and meetings at pro days with corner prospects have been predominantly considered third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh round picks. All things considered, I feel safe saying cornerback won’t get addressed as early as many fans, writers and analysts anticipate or would like.
3. No trades
This one I’m not as hellbent on taking to the bank. It’s a long shot, but wishful thinking makes me believe the Detroit Lions can get who they want without trading up. Instead of risking a chance on losing someone they like, I don’t see them trading down to gain more picks either. Getting more draft capital is the more likely scenario of the two.