The Lions should do all they can to re-sign Tracy Walker in the offseason, but it’s not out of the question his market will hit a height financially they can’t reasonably match. So the need for at least one safety, as it looks right now, could become a need for a talent infusion heading into the draft.
Over the last two seasons at Northwestern, Joseph has nine interceptions (a Big Ten-leading six in 2020). This season, he has 75 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
Joseph is a third-year sophomore, and he could declare for the draft. If he does, he’s a Day 2 pick and the Lions would gladly take him here.
After two seasons at Nebraska, Robinson tranferred to Kentucky for this season and took off (94 receptions for 1,164 yards, seven touchdowns; 111 rushing yards). He’s a bit of a gadget-type, and as a former running back he’s surely still polishing his game as a wide receiver. But Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network has touted Robinson’s route-running.
"…Robinson also applies his athleticism as a receiver, and his instincts show up there as well. He can generate displacement early in reps. He’s able to sink his hips into his releases and explode off the line with crisp footwork. Farther down the field, he flashes an understanding of route leverage. Robinson sets himself up against defensive backs, and he can pinch impressive angles as a route runner with his ability to plant and go."
Many Lions fans will want a wide receiver before the third round. But they go with Robinson here, and as long as he does declare for the draft they may be hoping he lasts to them.
The Lions don’t have a fourth-round pick right now.