First and last Detroit Lions 2022 mock draft for one SideLion Report writer
By Robert Jones
Ojabo would be a mid-first-round pick if he was healthy. But an Achilles injury a Michigan’s Pro Day has dropped his stock, and how far he falls is pure speculation. But the former standout edge rusher for the Wolverines feels likely to still be on the board here.
Ojabo is explosive with great bend, and his best football is definitely ahead of him. It’s unlikely he will play this season, but considering the Lions are still building for the future taking a shot on him early in the second round is well-warranted. It also means that the defensive line, linebacker, and safeties spots have all been addressed and upgraded in the first three picks.
The Lions still need more help at receiver and this happens to be a deep class that allows the Lions to be patient. As much as Garrett Wilson or Jameson Williams would be great scores for Holmes, Skyy Moore would be an outstanding fit.
The former Bronco showed out at the NFL Combine. Moore’s 4.41- second 40-yard dash is more than acceptable and he caught everything thrown at him in drills. This was sort of the coming-out party for him. But he was very productive at Western Michigan last season, snagging 95 receptions for 1,292 yards, for an average of 13.6 per catch, with 10 touchdowns . Moore should be an immediate contributor.
I didn’t plan to double-down on receivers, but Ezukanma was too good to pass up. Also, the addition of Ezukanma to go with Moore suddenly makes the Lions’ receiving corps much deeper.
The former Red Raider caught 48 passes for 705 yards 14.7 yards per catch) and four touchdowns last season. Ezukanma is a big-bodied receiver with reliable hands and physicality the Lions wide receiving corps could use. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but can still get deep and has the ability to make the difficult, contested catch.
The Lions don’t have a pick in the fourth round, so they will be back on the clock after a long wait in the fifth round.