The Georgia Bulldogs defense from 2021 is a good place to look for draft reinforcements, and the Detroit Lions will have at least two players from that unit in for top-30 visits.
The Georgia Bulldogs were spearheaded by a stifling defense on their way to a national title last season. Now, a bunch of those guys are headed to the NFL. For a team like the Detroit Lions, scouting and evaluating those former Bulldogs is a priority.
Need a defensive lineman? Check–Travon Walker, Jordan Davis or Devonte Wyatt might be a fit. Need a linebacker? Nakobe Dean, Quay Walker and Channing Tindall are probably somewhere on your radar within the first two or three rounds. Need a safety? Lewis Cine is among the top options at the position in this draft class. How about a cornerback? Derion Kendrick might intrigue you.
Detroit Lions to host (at least) two Georgia defenders for top-30 visits
Walker elevated his stock at the NFL Combine, perhaps into the top-10 overall and into the conversation for the Lions at No. 2. In any case, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, the Lions will have Walker in for a top-30 visit as he makes the rounds to the teams who hold the top-five picks.
Dean is a likely first-round pick. But his mock draft projections range from top-10 all the way to the Lions at No. 32, with a lot of recent mocks giving him to Detroit with that final first-rounder.
No date has been set yet, but Justin Melo of The Draft Network reported the Lions will have Dean in for a top-30 visit in the coming weeks too.
It’s fair to assume the Lions have Cine on the radar for a top-30 visit too, as well as some of the others previously mentioned among former Georgia defensive players. One way or another, the Lions could (and maybe should) come out of the draft with a former Bulldog to add to the defense.