Detroit Lions mock draft: Jameson Williams suspension changing priorities?

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First Round

Oregon. Christian Gonzalez. 6. 50. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. CB . player

Gonzalez has an argument to be the first cornerback drafted in a deep class at the position, and the Lions pass on Jalen Carter to make him that here.

Gonzalez is an ideal combination of size (6-foot-1, 197 pounds), speed (4.38 40-yard dash at the Combine), athleticism and actual football-playing ability. He’s a Day 1 starter for the team that drafts him, though he may not have to be an immediate starter for the Lions. That said, he will make it hard to keep him off the field right away.

18. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. RB. Texas. Bijan Robinson. 50

Yep, I did it. Lions general manager Brad Holmes may have putting out a huge smokescreen when he didn’t rule out the idea of drafting a running back in the first round. It takes being a uniquely generational talent to be a first-round running back these days, and Robinson is being hailed as that.

Over his last two seasons at Texas, Robinson rushed for 2,707 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also had 60 catches and six receiving touchdowns in that span. Detractors will say he had  a big workload (453 carries) over the last two seasons.

David Montgomery was a great free agent signing for the Lions. But D’Andre Swift is entering the last year of his contract, and it’s fair to wonder if or when he might be traded if there’s an opportunity. There is a viable case for the Lions to consider taking Robinson.

Comps for Robinson have included Hall of Famer Edgerrin James.