By now you’re probably tired of seeing Ohio State players mocked to the Lions as this would be the third one of the draft, but they just keep falling and the value just keeps being too good to pass up. Perhaps the best value of this mock draft is this pick right here.
Jonah Jackson is a good guard. And the Lions need a right guard right now assuming they are unable to sign incumbent guard Graham Glasgow to a new deal. Jackson would be a steal in the fifth round and would challenge for the starting spot from day one.
Jackson is a great pass protector and with Stafford back there slinging the rock, coming off of a newly healed broken back, I’d prefer to keep him as upright as possible. Adding Jackson to the offensive line would be a great way to ensure that happens.
"“For his career, he’s allowed only one lone sack or hit on 1,020 pass-blocking snaps, which speaks to arguably his greatest trait — not losing quickly. … His hand usage is exceptional, and he plays with a balance unmatched in the draft class.”"
If you want some numbers to back up how good Jackson has been in pass protection, say no more. Here is a table from PFF charting his pass protection plays and the number of hurries/sacks/pressures he’s allowed throughout his college career:
The man has allowed one in over 1,000 pass-blocking sacks, one. He has also only allowed a total of 25 pressures, 24 hurries, zero hits over those 1,000 snaps. Even if it’s a round or two earlier than this, I’d be thrilled to see the Lions draft this elite pass-protector.