Detroit Lions mock draft: Consolidating assets to target specific players

In a new mock draft for the first week of April, the Detroit Lions go "YOLO" to target a couple specific players.
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As it is right now, and if they stand pat, the Lions will have a long wait between picks. Making the trades I did in this mock extended that wait even more. Sitting at No. 164 (fifth round), the itch to move up came again.

Myles Cole trade

in this deal, per the draft pick value chart, I acquired 30.2 points and gave up 35.2.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 153: Myles Cole, EDGE, Texas Tech

Waiting this long for the Lions to add an edge rusher in the draft isn't necessarily ideal, but my previous aggressive trades left me to look for tools outside the top-150 overall.

Cole played six years of college football, four at Louisiana-Monroe and his last two at Texas Tech. But his production was never elite, topping out at 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss last year. He also only played a total of 44 college games (25 over his two years at Texas Tech).

Cole excelled at the combine, running a 4.67 40 with a 35-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. He has long arms (36 and 7/8-inches), which gives him a wingspan of 7-foot-3. His Relative Athletic Score (9.92) is top-15 among defensive ends since 1987.

Cole seems to have a ton of untapped potential as he heads to the next level. New Lions' defensive line coach Terrell Williams would have an interesting piece to work with here.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 249: Jarrett Kingston, OG, USC

Over the course of his college career at Washington State and USC, Kingston played every offensive line position but center. He projects as a guard in the NFL, but his overall versatility may allow him to stick right away and work his way into a starting role.

At the NFL Combine, Kingston came in a little lighter than NFL teams might like (306 pounds) and his guard-like arm length (32 and 1/8-inches) hampers him in pass protection. But otherwise he did quite well in testing (9.94 Relative Athletic Score). He gets good marks for his demeanor, footwork and football IQ.

Lance Zierlein of hinted at a position change that may be necessary for Kingston in the NFL, which could grab the Lions' attention as they eye a succession plan at a critical offensive line spot.

"While he never played the position in a collegiate game, Kingston’s future in the NFL might rest on his ability to prove he can snap and move to center."

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