5 players the Detroit Lions should watch closely at the NFL Combine
4. Liberty QB Malik Willis/Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder
I’m doubling up on quarterbacks here. Willis was on the American team roster the Lions coached at the Senior Bowl, while Ridder had a solid week in Mobile and played very well in the game.
Willis and Ridder are the two quarterbacks with the most upside in this draft class. The Lions should not narrow their focus to just them among the signal callers in Indianapolis, obviously. But in terms of pure intrigue, and possible fit as the eventual starter while Jared Goff keeps the seat warm at least into next season, these two are atop the list.
3. Wyoming LB Chad Muma
Muma played defensive back for most of his high school career, and he clearly still has some of those instincts and skills even as he grew into a linebacker at Wyoming. He has a nose for the ball, with 142 total tackles last season (83) and he also returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns.
Muma seems sure to test well at the combine, and that would combined nicely with his game tape to boost his draft stock even further. The Lions could use someone just like him at inside linebacker.