Round 6, No. 188 overall: Malcolm Rodriguez, LB, Oklahoma State
It seemed as if linebacker would go completely unaddressed in this draft. But with their first pick of the sixth round, the Lions snagged Rodriguez. He’s undersized, but his athleticism is a welcome add to the Detroit linebacking corps.
At 5-foot-11, 232 pounds, Rodriguez has a similar build to Nakobe Dean (5-foot-11, 229 pounds), whom many fans (including myself) wanted Detroit to draft. Dean and Rodriguez share similar athletic traits too.
Due to his skill set and experience coming in, some have opined that Rodriguez could push to start pretty quickly. He could see a similar path to snaps as Derrick Barnes did last season, gradually playing more and more throughout the course of the season. He should also be expected to be an immediate contributor on special teams which is ti be expected from Day 3 picks.