The Lions could use a talent infusion at linebacker as they look to bolster a lagging run defense. To’oTo’o has an even 100 total tackles this season as the Crimson Tide head toward the College Football Playoff, with 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He came to Tuscaloosa after two seasons at Tennessee, where he started 22 games.
To’oTo’o has played middle linebacker for Nick Saban, and inside is certainly where he’ll be in the NFL. At the top of the third round, the Lions jump to take him–assuming he declares for April’s draft.
Amari Oruwariye and Jerry Jacobs look like keepers for the Lions at cornerback. But Jacobs suffered a torn ACL in Week 14, and when exactly he’ll be ready to play next season is unclear. So a need for an addition or two at the position just ramped up.
Wright has had a good 20121 season for the Ducks, with 65 total tackles, one interception and four pass breakups. He earned Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention from coaches for his work, with first team Pac-12 honors from Pro Football Focus as a kick returner. In 2020, he was named First Team All-Conference by the AP, Pac-12 coaches and Phil Steele.
If Wright declares for the draft, he’ll probably be a top-100 pick.
Right now, the Lions don’t have a 2022 fourth-round pick.