The Detroit Lions have a prime position in round one but what can they expect to see in round two? We’ll run a mock first-round draft to investigate.
The Detroit Lions made quite a few moves during the first week of free agency, the biggest of which was the trade of Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for two middle-round picks.
Regardless of what you thought of the week’s activity, the Lions’ third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft is coming into focus more clearly. Today, we’ll look at how the first round might play out, setting up their second pick in round two.
A quick recap of free agent moves by unit
Defense- Darius Slay-out, Desmond Trufant-in, as the new CB1. The secondary as a whole added safeties Duron Harmon and Jayron Kearse, probably precluding the return of Tavon Wilson but MIles Killebrew is returning, as well. Tony McRae was signed as a cornerback and special teams ace.
Jamie Collins represents an upgrade athletically over released Jack linebacker and captain, Devon Kennard. Danny Shelton and Nick Williams were signed to improve the interior of the defensive line, filling two of A’Shawn Robinson, Damon Harrison, and Mike Daniels‘ spots.
Many feel that the first two picks of the draft are set with quarterback Joe Burrow and defensive end Chase Young going one, two, which seems pretty logical. That’s where the Detroit Lions come in, at the third less settled pick of the rest of the prospects. A consensus is growing that the Detroit Lions should draft Jeffrey Okudah, cornerback, especially after trading their best cornerback away just days ago.
While we at Kick In The Crotch Weekly think that it’s a definite possibility that they get stuck picking third and selecting Okudah, we hope that there are other avenues to explore. For this exercise, we’re going to assume that the Detroit Lions select Okudah due to most of the quarterback-needy teams already finding help or settling on a player that they already had.
The Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers are still in need of a trigger-man for the long-term, though. The Chargers are going to play Tyrod Taylor, a former starter in Buffalo, while the Dolphins have not made any move at quarterback. That would make the Top-6 picks look like this with no moves:
- CIN- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
- WAS- Chase Young, DE, Ohio St.
- DET- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St.
- NYG- Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
- MIA- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- LAC- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon