DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Round 4/ Pick 111
The Pick: Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
Knox is long on talent and short on production. They had a lot of mouths to feed in the Ole Miss offense. I will admit that a 15 reception, 284 yards, and zero touchdown stat line is hard to ignore. However, his near 19 yards per catch average is pretty damn good. Knox should test well. However, production and durability questions will need to be answered.
Round 5/Pick 147
The Pick: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
This would be a redshirt pick for Detroit. Love tore his ACL in the last game of the season for Stanford. When healthy, he was one of the most exciting and explosive players in college football. Love probably should have entered the 2018 NFL Draft. If he returns to form, the Lions get a steal to pair with Kerryon Johnson in 2020.
Round 2/Pick 43
The Pick: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
Darius Slay is one of the top corners in the league. However, the Lions need someone opposite him. Joejuan Williams has the length you covet. He is big enough to support in the run game. His four interceptions this year are a sign his best years are ahead.
Round 3/Pick 88
The Pick: Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
Humphrey is a huge target at 6’4” 225. He hauled in nearly 1200 receiving yards in 2018. He also offers some kick return ability. While I think a slot guy or tight end could be in play with this pick, Humphrey has too much talent to pass up.
After a 9-7 2017 campaign, the Detroit Lions went 6-10 during the inaugural season under Matt Patricia. The offense regressed big time under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. JBC is out and he has been replaced by Darrell Bevell.
Detroit has a couple of extra later round picks. The will pick in the top ten in every round.
Today, I will go through all seven rounds of a mock draft to see if I can make the Detroit Lions a better team. I will use my own big board, with User-Votes team needs, and the difficult setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. You all can do the same.
Detroit Lions: 7-Round Mock Draft2-20-19
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
6/186: David Long, LB, West Virginia
6/206: Kenny Bigelow, DL, West Virginia
7/226: Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas
7/236: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Round 1/Pick 8
The Pick: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Lions need a pass rush. Ziggy Ansah will likely not be back. Devon Kennard is currently their top rostered edge rusher. Enter Clelin Ferrell. The Clemson edge rusher is going under the radar a little so far in the draft process. Ferrell saw his sack production go up each year at Clemson, topping out at 11.5 this past season. He is the boost Detroit needs in the worst way.