One more mock draft until the official NFL draft gets underway. Here is a mock with two trades, in what could be a crazy weekend for the Detroit Lions.
Finally, we are less than a week away from the 2020 NFL draft. Here is my first and only mock draft this offseason. Keep in mind, this mock draft is a mix between what I think the Detroit Lions should do and what I am predicting them to do.
This was made using a mock draft simulator, so if there was a player you wanted that I didn’t select, he probably wasn’t available. There are also two trades in this mock draft, where I’ll explain both sides. The explanation will be provided first, then the pick analysis.
Let’s get started, the first trade was made with the Miami Dolphins. Here are the details:
In a perfect world, the Lions start a bidding war for the third overall draft pick. In this mock, I have them swapping pick three for the Dolphins fifth pick. Out of all possible trade partners, Miami has the most to offer. If they want a quarterback, they have the assets for him.
With the swap, Detroit receive picks No. 26 and No. 56 as well. In return, Miami gets an additional fifth round choice at No. 167. This was based on the New York Jets-Indianapolis Colts trade back in 2018.
Where the Colts moved down from pick three to six, at the same time grabbing three extra second-round picks. Instead of three second-rounders, the Lions will settle for first and second-round selections.
Jeffrey Okudah is the same level prospect as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey when he entered the draft. Lions fans adjusted to having a top corner on the left side of the field, but with Darius Slay gone, it’s hard to replace that production.
Of course, the Lions did sign Desmond Trufant and have seemed to find a steal in Amani Oruwariye in last year’s draft, but Okudah might be too good to pass up on. Not to mention, he’s a perfect fit for what Detroit wants.
Last year, Detroit went into the season with four of their five cornerbacks 6-feet or taller. The exception was Justin Coleman, who stands at 5-foot-11 and plays in the slot. They like their corners tall and lanky. Okudah is 6-foot-1 and has the wingspan of a tight end.
Head Coach Matt Patricia runs man coverage more than any other team in the league. Fortunately for Patricia, Okudah’s press coverage skills are elite and he would come in from day one ready to contribute.