If the Detroit Lions wind up considering a quarterback with the No. 32 pick in the draft, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah says only one is worthy of that pick.
No quarterback in the 2022 draft class is worthy of the No. 2 overall pick, so if the Detroit Lions are going to draft a quarterback in the first round it will be at No. 32. If not then, maybe the No. 34 pick will yield the prospective quarterback of the future in Detroit.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah spoke about the Lions’ draft prospects on Friday, ahead of next week’s NFL Combine. He has just two quarterbacks going in the first round of his most recent mock draft, which speaks to the broad perception of the signal caller class.
Daniel Jeremiah thinks one quarterback is worth the Lions’ attention at No. 32
"There’s risk involved with any of these quarterbacks, but he provides the upside that warrants taking that risk,” “If you’re going to take a flier on a quarterback at the bottom of the first round, I sure as heck would like to have a big payoff, at least as a possibility. He’s that guy. When you look at the quarterbacks in this draft, he’s the one with all that upside.”If your comp or your ultimate upside for the player is Jared Goff, you’ve already got him,” said Jeremiah. “So don’t waste a pick. That’s why I think Malik Willis could potentially give you a little something different, and if it all works together and comes together, he could give you a little bit more. That, to me, is the one that I would keep an eye on.”"
Malik Willis had 74 total touchdowns (47 passing, 27 rushing) over his final two collegiate seasons at Liberty. Detroit’s coaching staff got a close look at him down at the Senior Bowl.
If the Lions do draft a quarterback with that final pick of the first round in April, Willis makes a lot of sense for them if he’s available there. The question is if he’ll be available to even make it a possibility.