Detroit Lions 7-round mock draft: Taking the best player available

As the dust settles on the most notable moves in free agency, the Detroit Lions take the best player available in a new mock draft.

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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Sixth Round, No. 205 overall: Dominique Hampton, S, Washington

The Lions lack depth at safety right now, to the point a veteran may be added at some point. Dan Campbell talked about Brian Branch getting some reps at safety down at the league meetings, but it's more about expanding his role than taking him totally away from the nickel role he was so good in as a rookie last year.

Hampton stands out due to his measurables (6-foot-2, 215 pounds, 33 and 1/4-inch arms, 6-foot-7-inch wingspan, 39-inch vertical). Lance Zierlein of NFL.com noted his "average" game film, but 109 total tackles last season and his Pro Football Focus grades only show some issues in coverage.

Hampton projects as a safety in the NFL, but he played slot corner and outside corner a good bit over his last two seasons at Washington (27 games). If nothing else, he can be a special team contributor immediately and possibly become something more.

Seventh Round, No. 249 overall: Harrison Mevis, K, Missouri

Michael Badgley was re-signed, but no less an authority than Holmes immediately confirmed competition will be added. The only thing that feels certain is the competition with more notable than it was a year ago, with a signing out of the XFL (John Parker Romo) and a kicker who was re-acquired after he was replaced by his new team (Riley Patterson). Stanford only had one participant at its Pro Day last week, kicker Josh Karty, and the Lions were there to see him.

Karty is in line to be drafted, and he may be the first of multiple kickers who get selected. Shifting to Mevis, he is also possibly going to be drafted despite a drop-off in accuracy over his last two years at Missouri (83.9 percent from less than 40 yards out). He also struggled with consistency from longer range, but he definitely was trusted from long distance and has some clutch to him (including a 61-yarder to beat Kansas State last season). It feels like NFL coaching could refine his flaws.

Kicker may be on the radar for the Lions to draft, especially with their last pick as opposed to trying to vie for someone as a UDFA. Karty was not available here, so came a pivot to Mevis.

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