Detroit Lions 7-round mock draft: Before the free agency frenzy

Right before free agency gets going, here's a fresh 7-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions.
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Third Round, No. 73 overall
Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

The Lions have shown plenty of interest in Kneeland, meeting with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. A top-30 visit feels certain.

Kneeland has had an excellent pre-draft process. He stood out at the Senior Bowl, then went to Indianapolis and ran a 4.7 40, as he promised he would by the way. At 267 pounds, he also outdid linebackers in the 3-cone drill and short shuttle.

Kneeland is not just a workout warrior though. He has scheme and alignment versatility, and if not for missing a couple games last season with a calf injury his production would have been better than it was (57 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks).

Kneeland could stand to widen his array of pass rush moves, but Lions' defensive line coach Terrell Williams can definitely help there.

Third Round, No. 92 overall
Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State

The Lions could use a big receiver who can win contested catch situations and be a red zone weapon. If you could create that type in this draft, Wilson (6-foot-6, 231 pounds, 35 and 3/8-inch arms, 10-inch hands, 9.88 Relative Athletic Score) would look a lot like it. He also shows after the catch ability not common to receivers his size.

Wilson is somewhat raw, with only two years of notable college opportunity/production. Third round might feel a little early to take him, but the combination of how the board fell and a long wait to make another pick it was viable here.