Detroit Lions 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
The Lions are well-situated at the offensive tackle spots, with Taylor Decker and Penei Sewell holding down the fort. Center Frank Ragnow (toe surgery) will return next season to lock down that spot again. But they could use an upgrade at guard, and that’s where Ford could fit.
Ford has started at least one game at every spot along the line during his career at Utah, albeit mostly concentrated on the interior (14 at center, 13 at right guard, nine at left guard). This season, he has started 10 games at center and three at left guard with Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week honors twice (once at each position). He is a two-time Pac-12 All Conference First Teamer (2020, 2021).
At minimum, Ford has a chance to stick as a versatile depth option for the Lions. There’s also a chance he earns a starting spot at guard, maybe even immediately.
The Lions need some help at safety, and waiting this long to draft one may not happen if Tracy Walker leaves in free agency.
Monday (6-foot-3, 199 pounds) plays like a modern NFL safety, with the ability to play all over the field in various alignments–and he can cover in the slot. Timed speed may be a thing, and it seems he has as many fans as detractors in the draft community, In any case, the Lions jump at the chance to add some “Smoke” to their secondary in the sixth round.
Hall won Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in a breakout 2020 campaign (10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss in seven games). His numbers fell this year (four sacks, six tackles for loss), with a standout game against Wyoming (seven tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss), as he also has missed two games.
Hall could be a one-year wonder, but he was also surely a priority for opposing offenses to account for this year. He fits for Detroit as a 3-4 defensive end who can provide some pass rush punch from the interior.