- CB Kamari Lassiter, Georgia
We here at SideLion Report also had the Lions taking Lassiter at No. 29 in our pre-Super Bowl mock draft.
More interceptions would be nice to see on Lassiter's stat sheet over his three years at Georgia (one total). But he posted a nice 85.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus last season, as he allowed 15 receptions on 39 targets in his coverage along with eight pass breakups. While he's smaller than is considered ideal (6-foot, 180 pounds), he is a willing tackler (8.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons) with a good all-around skill set. His NFL learning curve should not be steep.
Lassiter is not going to be regarded as a first-round pick by some people, if only based on a lack of high-end measurables. For others (maybe the smart ones), he'll be well-regarded based on his game tape. The Lions could see him as a uniquely perfect fit.
- CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
Holmes and Dan Campbell clearly like Alabama/Nick Saban era players, taking Jameson Williams, Jahmyr Gibbs and Brian Branch over the last two drafts. It's easy to assume McKinstry will be gone before No. 29, perhaps well before. But maybe some risers at cornerback (Mitchell, etc.) and teams going with other positional needs will push him further down the first round than he should go.
McKinstry is another option at No. 29 a segment of Lions' fans want badly right now.
In general, as would be the public sentiment, mock drafters see a cornerback as the first pick for Detroit in April.