Detroit Lions 7-round mock draft: Going (mostly) on the defensive

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In a new full seven-round mock, for the last full week before the 2022 NFL Draft starts, the Detroit Lions go (mostly) on the defensive.

For most of the offseason, and once compensatory picks were officially doled out, the Detroit Lions possessed nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. But alas, after an apparent further review of the Trinity Benson trade with the Denver Broncos late last summer, the Lions will give up their seventh-round pick.

So the Lions will have eight picks in next week’s draft, and still five in the top-100, to add more young talent to the roster. Even losing that seventh-round pick, in the most “Lions” way ever two weeks before the draft starts, general manager Brad Holmes is in a pretty good spot.

Though many will have criticism no matter what, there aren’t many ways the Lions can fill out their 2022 draft picks and be wrong about it in the moment. There are too many immediate and future needs for there not to be a lot of good (and too early) grades for their work in this year’s draft.

Going a full seven rounds and using The Draft Network’s mock draft machine, here’s how the Lions came out to kick off the final full week before the 2022 NFL draft.

Detroit Lions 7-round mock draft: Going (mostly) on the defensive