Kellen Voss’s Contributor Mock Draft
Round 1 (8): ED OLIVER, DL – HOUSTON
Round 2 (43): IRV SMITH, JR., TE – ALABAMA
Round 3 (88): JULIAN LOVE, CB – NOTRE DAME
Round 4 (111): MILES BOYKIN, WR – NOTRE DAME
Round 5 (146): WILL GRIER, QB – WEST VIRGINIA
Round 6 (184): DAX RAYMOND, TE – UTAH STATE
Round 6 (204): IMAN MARSHALL, CB – USC
Round 7 (224): UGOCHUKWU AMADI, S – OREGON
Round 7 (229): KYLE PHILLIPS, EDGE – TENNESSEE
Kellen’s Quick Take: I’m usually one to stick with need over best player available, but Bob Quinn would be an idiot if he didn’t pick Oliver if he’s sitting there at eight, as he may be the best athlete in this draft and could potentially lead the league in sacks one day.
As for the rest of the draft, I stuck with Quinn’s formula of picking good athletes from big schools; Love and Marshall can fight to contribute in the secondary, Smith Jr. and Boykin could each score a few touchdowns this year, and Grier provides Stafford insurance with high upside.”
Site Expert’s Take: I do believe Oliver could be a true difference-maker for the Lions along their revamped defensive line. Fans should be hoping he falls to them at No. 8.. Smith in the second could be real find. And I love the selection of Grier in the fifth, although I expect he’ll be taken much higher. I’m a believer in drafting a quarterback every year due to their possible trade value.
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