Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Draft: Who will be the Day Two picks?
Detroit Lions – Round Two
With picks one through thirty-two done, the Lions now have to focus on picks forty-three and eighty-eight Friday. To many Lions fans it seemed like generating more pass rush was the top priority for the roster. The Lions narrowly missed out on edge linebacker-slash-end, Josh Allen, who went with the seventh pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Within a few picks, after the Lions selected Hockenson, Ed Oliver and Brian Burns were taken, too.
Obviously, they don’t have to wait very long to make their second pick and it would seem logical that they would address the pass rush soon. The other position that sticks out is cornerback, where only DeAndre Baker was selected in round one. Third, the Lions could look at wide receiver, again, where only Marquis Brown and N’Keal Harry were selected.
A name to know if they address the edge rusher position is Jaylon Ferguson who is due to be drafted soon after the draft resumes. Both Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy are sitting there at cornerback, along with Rock Ya-Sin. Deebo Samuel could come right in and add another dynamic weapon at wide receiver if they take another offensive player.
Of course, the Lions are in a position where they don’t have to target any one position, which makes pegging their next pick difficult but those would be our best guesses at where they might be headed next.
Detroit Lions – Round Three
Assuming that the Lions take an edge rusher, cornerback, or wide receiver with pick forty-three, pick eighty-eight is a bit further away due to it being the pick that the Lions got from the Philadelphia Eagles for Golden Tate. It is worth remembering that the next pick they own after it is only twenty-three picks later, pick one hundred and eleven. If they were to address another roster hole, a pick like taking Connor McGovern out of Penn State would address the right guard position nicely.
Both the wide receiver and cornerback positions will be seeing a lot of activity during day two and whatever the Lions don’t take in round two, they could elect to select here. Jamel Dean or Isaiah Johnson could be cornerback options, while they might have a shot at Terry McLaurin, Riley Ridley, or Mecole Hardman from the receivers.
Jordan Brailford has the height and weight requirements to fill the edge role if the Lions wait until round three to add depth to their linebacker-edge arsenal. Maxx Crosby is another guy who fits the athletic profile and should still be hanging around in round three.
Where do you think that the Lions will go with their next two picks, or what do you wish that they’d do? Comment below.