Second Round, No. 61 Overall: Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri
Robinson has recently become a somewhat popular mock draft pick for the Lions in the first round, off a strong week at the Senuor Bowl. To some degree, it feels unlikely he'll last beyond the top-50 overall. Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus is the most recent to tie Robinson to the Lions at No. 29.
"I wouldn’t love Darius Robinson’s first-round fit for any team, but I can get on board with it for the Lions."
"The Tigers edge rusher enjoyed a standout week at the Senior Bowl, and everything we’ve heard suggests that he is a top-50 lock. He played as an interior defensive lineman his entire college career before losing some weight and playing edge in 2023. He’s not an edge-bender, but his interior background makes him a powerful 5-tech defensive end with pass-rush potential to play opposite."
Robinson had 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season at Missouri. Chris Trapasso thinks he could go higher than No. 29 in his most recent mock draft, while Lance Zierlein of NFL.com noted his move out to defensive end for his final college season. That versatility would fit nicely on the Lions' defensive line.
Robinson is another player who may not fall to this specific pick for the Lions. But he was here in this mock spin, and I couldn't turn it down.
Third Round, No. 73 Overall: Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State
I'll channel Mike Payton of AtoZ Sports here with the same thought that the Lions could really use a big receiver who can make contested catches. Enter Wilson, who comes in at 6-foot-6 and 237 pounds with all the traits that size would suggest (catch radius, etc.); albeit with a surprising level of athleticism and other things we would generally associate with a smaller receiver.
Wilson had his best season for the Seminoles in 2022, with 43 catches for 897 yards (20.9 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. In three fewer games last season, he had 41 receptions for 617 yards and two touchdowns.
The biggest knock on Wilson is overall consistency, with drops as the headliner. But his raw talent stands to push him into the top 75-100 picks.
Third Round, No. 92 Overall: Cam Hart, CB, Notre Dame
Hart also had a very good week at the Senior Bowl. He is a big corner (6-foot-2/6-foot-3, 200 pounds), with good overall skills to make a quick transition to the NFL.
In this clip from the Senior Bowl game, Hart recognized a run play and closed quickly to make a tackle for loss.
The Lions biggest offseason need is at cornerback. Hart feels like a steal here, following the pick of Mitchell in the first round.