Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mock Draft Round Up 14

Sporting News Vinnie Iyer (20.  RB Derrius Guice:  The Lions have vowed to field a more legitimate running game in 2018. That should also mean they're thinking about another offensive line upgrade with this pick, but it would not be shocking if Guice were to be selected this high. He would allow Detroit to officially give up on Ameer Abdullah and would be the workhorse ahead of new veteran backup LeGarrette Blount and pass-catching Theo Riddick.) (4-16-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-mock-draft-2018-first-round-latest-patriots-bills-jaguars-quarterback/1uto1215wds7i1hsug6dmblwh7

The Big Lead Mock Draft - Jacob McIntrye (20. DE Marcus Davenport) (4-16-18):  https://thebiglead.com/2018/04/16/2018-nfl-mock-sam-darnold-josh-rosen-saquan-barkley/

Walter Football Charlie's Mock (20. DT Taven Bryan:  The Lions could use more interior defensive line talent, and Bryan would give them a three-technique to pair with A'Shawn Robinson. Sources told me that Lions general manager Dan Quinn was at the Florida pro day to watch Bryan, and taking Bryan would fit with Quinn's other early-round picks. Bryan (6-5, 291) broke out in 2017 with 40 tackles with six tackles for a loss and four sacks. In speaking with some scouting sources, Bryan has drawn comparisons to the Chiefs' Chris Jones or the Broncos' Derek Wolfe. Some announcers have compared the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bryan to J.J. Watt, and in terms of style of play, Bryan is reminiscent of Watt, although not consistently. Bryan has a tremendous get-off with serious explosion off the snap. He also has developed strength with active hands to shed blocks. Given his length, Bryan can play end or tackle, plus is an ideal candidate for five-technique.   I heard from sources weeks early that Bryan was going to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, and scouting contacts project him to the first or second round. Bryan is a great athlete who is big, strong, fast and agile. He had a late start in football, however, from growing up in Wyoming, and that showed up in him never demonstrating good instincts. Bryan is inconsistent while lacking feel and pass-rushing moves. Considering his late start in football, he would have likely been better off in his long-term football career to return to school and gain playing experience before going to the NFL and taking on pro offensive linemen. Some team sources have told me they were grading Bryan as a second-rounder, but think he could end up being a first-round pick because of his great skill set, which is expected to shine in pre-draft workouts.  51. RB Kerryon Johnson:  The Lions signed LeGarrette Blount, but he's not a long-term starter. Here's a potential feature back for Detroit. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Johnson carried Auburn to wins over Alabama and Georgia to put his draft stock on the map late in the 2017 season. Versus both defenses loaded with NFL talent, Johnson showed real quickness with good cutting ability, vision, and decisive downhill running. He also played banged up, illustrating his toughness to withstand a heavy work load and some hard hits. In 2017, Johnson averaged 4.9 yards per carry for 1,391 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also had 24 receptions for 194 yards and two scores. Johnson ran for 895 yards and 11 scores in 2016. Johnson looks like a three-down starter in the NFL who should be able to hurt defenses as a runner and a receiver.  82. DE Breeland Speaks:  
The Lions need more defensive line talent.  The 6-foot-3, 283-pounder is strong at the point of attack and also has some speed with athleticism. In 2017, Speaks totaled 67 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He then decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft rather than return for his final season. Speaks could get second-day consideration as a base end in a 4-3 defense who also rushes from the inside in passing situations. He also could gain weight to play tackle in a 4-3 and could potentially play end in 3-4 defense.  114.  LB Jerome Baker:  The Lions could use more linebacker talent to go with Jarrad Davis.  Baker recorded 72 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes broken up in 2017. Entering the season, there was a lot of media hype about Baker (6-1, 225), but in speaking with scouts who did advance work on the 2018 class, they weren't overly impressed with him. They said that Baker ran around more blocks than he took on and had the speed to get away with that against average offensive lines in college. They thought he was more of a second-day- to early third-day-level player. They said Baker is a good player, but not complete and not anything exceptional. They felt Baker was a good, solid, instinctive guy, who in the right system, will play in the NFL, but over time, is a dime a dozen.  After Darron Lee was taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Baker won the job to be Lee's replacement as Ohio State's fast run-and-chase linebacker. He had a quality debut with 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.  Baker is a highly athletic linebacker with sideline-to-sideline speed. His fit comes as a Will - weak side - linebacker in a 4-3 defense or being a run-and-chase inside linebacker in a 3-4.  153.  DE Kemoko Turay:  The Lions grab some edge rush.) (4-16-18): http://walterfootball.com/draft2018charlie_1.php

CBS Mock Draft Chris Trapasso (20. Harold Landry:  This pick can be viewed as insurance for the Lions if they can't extend Ziggy Ansah, and Landry doesn't have to be the team's alpha pass-rusher in his rookie campaign.) (4-16-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-make-josh-allen-the-top-pick-cards-trade-up-for-josh-rosen/

PFW's Eric Edholm (20. G Isaiah Wynn:  Another team I’ve been leaning defense with, the Lions nonetheless have an issue on the interior of the offensive line. Wynn would be a Day 1 starter at left guard, allowing them to push Graham Glasgow into center, which I imagine would be in their best interests. That’s certainly one way to help beef up the run game. Wynn absolutely should be drafted in this range and not much lower.) (4-16-18):   http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2018/04/16/35191317/index.xml?page=21

Sporting News Eric Galko Mock (20. G Isaiah Wynn: The Lions’ running game last year was atrocious. While they could add a top rusher like Derrius Guice, they’d be wise to focus on their offensive line first and foremost. They can then look to the middle rounds for a runner who can take advantage of the improved blocking.) (4-16-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/list/nfl-mock-draft-2018-latest-round-1-browns-jets-bills-josh-rosen/a2yzjfpq0yw11xjrjcyz1ge11/slide/20

USA Today Mock (20. DE Harold Landry:  It would only be fitting for the Matt Patricia era in Detroit to kick off with a pick from the New England area. What Landry lacks in a strength he makes up for with his explosive burst and top-notch elasticity.) (4-16-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/04/16/nfl-mock-draft-2018-baker-mayfield-josh-allen-dez-bryant/518771002/

Draft Geek Mock Draft (20. DT Vita Vea) (4-14-18):  http://www.nfldraftgeek.com/2018-nfl-mock-draft/

CBS Jared Dubin's Mock Draft (20.  DE Marcus Davenport:  The Lions need someone to help Ezekiel Ansah rush the passer. Davenport has a twitchy motor and is the kind of high-upside player they can mold into a long-term partner for Ansah on the defensive front.) (4-13-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-six-quarterbacks-taken-in-first-round-cowboys-draft-dez-bryants-replacement/

Rotoworld Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - The Lions added Davenport’s position coach to the staff this offseason (also hired a former Boston College DC). Davenport has all of the tools and deploys a great long arm, yet he’s not a complete player right now. Filling a rotational role early makes sense.) (4-13-18):  http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/79235/344/mock-drafts?pg=2

PFW's Hub Arkush's Mock Draft  (20.  RB Derrius Guice:  The Lions simply can’t ignore running back any longer and Guice is a boom-or-bust gamble they make.)  (4-12-18):   http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2018/04/12/25730480/index.xml?page=21

CBS Mock Draft RJ White (20. G Isaiah Wynn:  The Lions have a hole at left guard, and if the only guard off the board by this point is Nelson, there's a good chance the team could address the position with Wynn. Though he played tackle last year, he has plenty of experience inside, which is where he figures to slot in as a pro.  51. RB Sony Michel:  The Lions signed LeGarrette Blount, but that shouldn't prevent them from drafting a potential long-term answer at the position.  82.  DT Nathan Shephard:  The Lions passed on this position of need early, but Shepard is a fine small-school find in the third round.) (4-12-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/three-round-2018-nfl-mock-draft-patriots-find-qb-in-round-2-giants-land-a-rb-in-round-3/

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler Mock (20. DE Marcus Davenport:  Regardless if Ziggy Ansah, who is currently on the franchise tag, signs long-term in Detroit, more pass rush help is needed on the Lions’ defensive line.  51. Sony Michel; 82. G Austin Corbett; 117.  DT Derrick Nnadi; 153. S Marcus Allen; 237.  G Matt Gono) (4-12-18):  http://nfldraftscout.com/brugler-7round-mock-nfl-draft/

NFL's Bucky Brooks Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport:  The Lions placed the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah, but they need to find a partner or eventual replacement for him on the edge. Davenport is ultra-explosive.) (4-12-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000926088/article/bucky-brooks-mock-draft-40-ravens-pick-lamar-jackson

CBS Mock Draft Sean Wagner-McGough (20. DE Harold Landry:  The Lions need more pass rushers even after franchise tagging Ezekiel Ansah. Landry demonstrated his high upside in 2016, when he notched 16.5 sacks. You can never have enough pass rushers in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins.) (4-11-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-patriots-draft-bradys-heir-broncos-get-lamar-jackson-after-trade/

Walter Football Walter's Mock (20DT Taven Bryan: The Lions desperately need help on their defensive line. A'Shawn Robinson is a promising player, but he's the only viable starter Detroit has in the interior.  Taven Bryan is a rising player who could be chosen in the top 20. Charlie Campbell reported earlier that the Falcons like Bryan, but he may not make it to their pick.  51.  C Frank Ragnow:  The Lions lost starting center Travis Swanson to the Jets in free agency, so they'll need a new interior blocker for Matthew Stafford.  82.  RB Royce Freeman:  The Lions need to spend an early resource to improve their dreadful ground game. They could take a running back as early as No. 20 overall, but this makes sense as well.  117. CB Rashaan Gaulden:   The Lions wanted to sign Malcolm Butler, but lost out on him to Tennessee. They failed to find a legitimate No. 2 cornerback across from Darius Slay.  153.  DE Jay1n Holmes:  Given Ezekiel Ansah's injury history, the Lions could stand to add an edge rusher at some point.) (4-11-18):  http://walterfootball.com/draft2018_1.php

Draft Tek Mock Draft (20. DE Harold Landry:  Landry is yet again the pick for the Lions this week, making it back-to-back weeks we've been slotted with the tenacious pass rusher. In last week's analysis, I discussed both the Boston College connection between Landry and the Lions' new Defensive Coordinator, Paul Pasqualoni, as well as their need for an edge rusher. If you believe in fate, this seems like the stars are aligning for a Lions-Landry marriage, although some draft pundits who also have the Lions selecting Landry are classifying the pick as "insurance" due to Ansah's contract situation. The Lions have until July 16th to come to an agreement with Ansah to extend his stay with the team beyond the 2018 season. The concept behind drafting a talented edge rusher like Landry to potentially replace Ansah if he decides to leave does makes sense, although I disagree with the use of the word "insurance".  Landry is, for the lack of a better term, "The Man" and more than just "insurance". At 6'3" 250, the dude can move! He ran a 4.64 in the 40 yard dash and had a 6.88 time in the 3-cone drill. What's all that mean? Landry's fast in short areas, which bodes well for him and the Lions. He can utilize his ability to dip, dodge, and bend around o-linemen and to keep up with running backs as they change direction. In fact, Landry ranks in the 95th percentile among edge defenders (based on his Combine results). This is comparable to DeMarcus Ware, J.J. Watt, David Pollack, Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, and T.J. Watt. Insurance? Please.   51. C Billy Price:  Last week I had the Lions selecting Arkansas Center Frank Ragnow, on whom I am extremely high. I'm also high on Ohio State Center/Guard Billy Price. You can't really go wrong with either of these studs and this change in selection from Ragnow to Price this week is to simply show that either o-linemen will do wonders for the Lions.  There is no doubt that the Lions need to further address offensive line in this year's draft. The position has seen its fair share of turnover in recent years as former Center Travis Swanson, Reilly Reiff, Laken Tomlinson, and Larry Warford are no longer with the team. All of which were relatively young players upon their departure from the roster. Quinn has certainly gutted the o-line in search of players that fit his mold. Either that or he has a low tolerance for underperformance. That being said, Quinn hasn't been afraid to shuffle players around on the o-line. He seems to value versatility, as he has talked about moving Graham Glasgow to center if they cannot find a better option at the position. By moving Glasgow to center, it creates a void at guard, and by keeping Glasgow at guard it creates a void at center. It's quite the conundrum, but by drafting a player like Price, who has experience playing both guard and center at Ohio State, it would give Detroit the flexibility Quinn loves and what the Lions need to patch up a somewhat messy situation.  82. TE Dalton Schultz114. OT Brandon Parker; 144. S Marcus Allen; 237.  OLB Davin Bellamy) (4-11-18): https://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp

Kiper Mock Draft (20. DT Taven Bryan; 51. RB Nick Chubb; 82.  DE Breeland Speaks) (4-11-18):  https://www.prideofdetroit.com/2018/4/4/17197904/mel-kiper-jr-todd-mcshay-2018-nfl-mock-drafts-dueling-detroit-lions-picks

DraftCountdown (17. DE Marcus Davenport: Despite the presence of Ziggy Ansah and the emergence of Anthony Zettel, the Lions still struggled to apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. There was such an extreme lack of depth they were forced to bring in 37-year-old Dwight Freeney mid-season to try and add a little juice. Plus Ansah has yet to sign a long-term deal and will be playing under the franchise tag.   Davenport has as much pass rush potential as any defender in this class, with the length, speed and athleticism to be a force off the edge. Whether it’s with his hand on the ground as a defensive end in a 4-3 or on his feet as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. The Senior Bowl week confirmed that Davenport is raw and will require patience, but the way he came on at the end of the week and in the game offered a glimpse of the what’s possible. Something else to keep in mind is that the Lions new defensive line coach Bo Davis held the same position at U.T.S.A. last season, where he worked with Davenport.  If Davenport is gone an alternative could be Harold Landry, a defensive end / outside linebacker hybrid who new defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni coached in college. There is a hole on the interior of the defensive line too following the loss of Haloti Ngata so keep an eye on Florida DT Taven Bryan as well.  51.  DT Tim Settle:  Massive presence with surprising athleticism and upside can stuff the run and push pockets.) (4-11-18): http://www.draftcountdown.com/mock-draft/2018-mock-draft/page/2/

CBS Mock Draft Will Brinson (20.  DT Vita Vea:  A lot of people think Vea might not fall this far, but look above him at all the quarterbacks. This draft is going to be wild and Matt Patricia could reap the rewards with a defensive line anchor for his defense.) (4-10-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-why-the-colts-could-control-the-entire-draft-bills-move-up-for-baker-mayfield/

NFL's Maurice Jones Drew Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport:  He's an athletic pass rusher who can learn from Ziggy Ansah and make an immediate impact for Matt Patricia's unit.) (4-10-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000925758/article/maurice-jonesdrew-mock-draft-10-browns-land-lamar-jackson

ESPN McShay Mock (20. G Will Hernandez; 51. RB Nick Chubb; 82. DE Jalyn Holmes) (4-10-18):  https://www.prideofdetroit.com/2018/4/10/17220438/todd-mcshay-3-round-2018-nfl-mock-draft-detroit-lions-will-hernandez-nick-chubb

Draftwire (20. DT Maurice Hurst:  Passing on a talented running back like LSU’s Derrius Guice might be tough, but the Lions need tons of help on defense, and this year’s running back class is loaded. With what appears to be a clean bill of health after an irregular EKG at the combine, Hurst should remain among this year’s top defensive prospects, making him well worth this pick.  51. RB Nick Chubb;  82.  DE Kemoko Turay; 117.  LB Micah Kiser) (4-9-18):  https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/04/09/2018-nfl-mock-draft-latest-4-round-projections-with-trades/2/

Draft Analyst Mock (20.  DE Marcus Davenport:  Placing the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah was a good move, but the Lions still need another defensive end.) (4-9-18):  http://draftanalyst.com/mock-draft-no-3

CBS Mock Draft Tom Fornelli (20. DE Harold Landry:  New coach Matt Patricia goes with an edge rusher to help out his new defense.) (4-6-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-two-trades-in-top-five-giants-go-linebacker-after-moving-down/

CBS Prisco's Mock Draft (20.  RB Derrius Guice: At some point they have to get a back who can be their primary runner. They've been trying for a long time since Barry Sanders retired.) (4-5-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-bears-take-a-surprise-lb-at-no-8-four-qbs-go-in-top-five/
NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang Mock (20. C James Daniel: With starting center Travis Swanson exploring his options in free agency, the Lions could look to the draft for a replacement. Daniels possesses rare quickness and length for an interior offensive lineman, projecting as a Day One starter.  CB Carleton Davis: Long and physical, Davis would provide the Lions with the stopper in the secondary it has been lacking.  82.  RB Royce Freeman) (4-5-18):  http://nfldraftscout.com/rang-3-round-mock-draft/

NFL.com's Chad Reuter's Mock Draft (20.  DT Maurice Hurst:  Getting an impact interior defender is important for the Lions, and keeping a former Wolverine in state would be a Michigan cherry on top.  51.  C Billy Price82. TE Mark Andrews;  117. CB Anthony Averett; 153. RB Kerryon Johnson) (4-5-18):   http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000925097/article/fiveround-mock-draft-saints-trade-up-for-baker-mayfield

PFW's Bob LeGere (20. DT Taven Bryan:  Too soon for a RB, so they go big in the defensive rebuild with an ideal 3-technique to provide help for DE Ziggy Ansah and DT A’Shawn Robinson.) (4-5-18):   http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2018/04/05/69656334/index.xml?page=21

CBS Mock Draft Ryan Wilson (20. CB Josh Jackson:  Darius Slay is one of the NFL's best young corners and Jackson has the physical attributes to become a force opposite him in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and now Kirk Cousins.) (4-4-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-ignore-talk-take-josh-rosen-no-1-bills-trade-up-to-4/

Foxsports Joel Klatt's Mock (20. C James Daniels) (4-4-18):  https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/1202988611523

PFF Mock Draft (20. C Frank Ragnow: The nation’s top-graded center for two straight years, Ragnow can play any of the interior offensive line positions and the Lions could slot him in at either left guard or center. Ragnow rarely loses blocks in the run game and he only allowed 15 pressures over the last two seasons.) (4-3-18):   https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-pff-nfl-mock-draft-4

NFL's Charlie Casserly Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice:  The Lions go from having a poor running game to making it a strength of the team with the selection of Guice.) (4-3-18):  http://www.nfl.com/draft/2018/mock-drafts/charley-casserly/366350

NFL's Peter Schrager's Mock Draft (20. OT Mike McGlinchey:  Coming off Notre Dame's pro day last week, I had more people texting me about McGlinchey than his former teammate/all-world guard Quenton Nelson. Love this fit for Detroit, a team that shuffled its offensive line a bunch due to injuries in 2017.) (3-29-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000923750/article/peter-schrager-mock-draft-20-bills-trade-up-for-baker-mayfield

NFL's Lance Zierlein's Mock Draft (20. DE Harold Landry:  Detroit lands an edge rusher with the ability to play standing up or with a hand in the ground for new head coach/defensive mastermind, Matt Patricia.) (3-27-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000923275/article/lance-zierlein-mock-draft-30-bills-trade-up-for-josh-allen

MLive Nate Atkin's Mock (20. DE Harold Landry:  By signing so many starters to one year deals -- Ezekiel Ansah, Sylvester Williams, Luke Willson and LeGarrette Blount -- the Lions are allowing themselves the chance to strike on the best player available at any of them without feeling like they have to take any one position. Landry winds up as the best talent period at this spot, with an edge bend that fuses Vic Beasley with Whitney Mercilus. He showed it with a nation-best 16.5 sacks to go along with 22 tackles for loss as a junior in 2016. His numbers dropped as he fought through an ankle injury last season, but he illustrated that the speed and quickness are all still there with the best three-cone drill of any edge defender at the combine.  Having played for defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni just last year should show Detroit the different ways it can use Landry as a combo linebacker. His speed would balance Ansah's power so well next year, and he could step into the premier edge rusher role if Ansah leaves after that.  51.  Rashaad Penny:   The Lions set themselves up with so many directions they could go in in these early rounds, either to running back or guard or defensive tackle or tight end, without the need to start any from Day 1. After skipping out on last year's loaded running back class and regretting it, they're going to get involved this season. It's a priority with LeGarrette Blount and Ameer Abdullah playing in contract years.  Penny is a name I've been high on for a while, and he's slowly making his way up some draft boards after showing his top gear with a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The nation's leading rusher with 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns on 7.8 yards per carry last season brings a mix of size, speed, wiggle and physicality, yet his vision is his best trait. He needs time to develop his pass blocking and can do that in a stable of backs. He'll step in and command that open kick return role after he took seven back for touchdowns in college, and he'll add to the running game in doses as a rookie. By 2019, the backfield should be his.  Detroit has good options in this spot with Penny, Georgia's Nick Chubb and Auburn's Kerryon Johnson. A trade down would be ideal, perhaps if a team is coming looking for a quarterback. If not, the Lions should jump on their favorite back and develop him as a future high-volume runner.) (3-27-18):  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2018/03/nfl_draft_2018.html

NFL Charles Davis (20. Da'Ron Payne:  Tough to move in the run game and has good pass-rush skills up the middle. He had enough agility to intercept a pass, and catch a TD pass in successive series in the national championship game. Lions need help in the defensive interior.) (3-22-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000922586/article/charles-davis-mock-draft-20-darnold-slips-to-browns-at-no-4

SI Albert Breer (20. CB Jaire Alexander:  Alexander’s big week at the combine has propelled him into the first-round conversation, and the Lions need a corner to pair with Darius Slay.) (3-21-18):  https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/21/mock-draft-sam-darnold-browns-bills-trade-giants-josh-allen-broncos-trade-browns-baker-mayfield

Detroit News Justin Rogers (20. DE Harold Landry:  The Lions could go any number of directions here, but a defensive lineman remains the best bet. Landry showed excellent athleticism at the combine, validating his first-round profile. Having played for new Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni doesn't hurt.) (3-21-18):  https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/03/21/justin-rogers-nfl-mock-draft/33143165/

Dave Birkett's Mock (20. DT Maurice Hurst:  I gave Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry to the Lions in my last mock draft and I’m not completely off that train. But Hurst’s heart scare at the combine could have him slipping in the draft, and he’d fit a more immediate – and bigger – need on the Lions’ defense. Lions doctors signed off on Nick Fairley when he had what was described to me as “a similar issue.” If they give Hurst a clean bill of health, he may end up in Detroit.) (3-20-18):  https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/sports/nfl/lions/2018/03/20/dave-birketts-2018-nfl-mock-draft-20/33118783/

Detroit Lions O'Hara's Mock (20. Da'Ron Payne:  Head Coach Matt Patricia has said he wants to build the defense from the ball out, and Payne would provide the interior with a quicker, more explosive version of A’Shawn Robinson, the Lions’ second-round pick out of Alabama in 2016. At 6-2 and 311 pounds, Payne had an official time in the 40 of 4.95 seconds at the Combine. He hit the first 10-yard split in a blazing 1.67 seconds. Payne had 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.  With all the attention on the Lions’ run game, it should not be overlooked how the defense was dominated for long stretches at times. As one prominent coach said at the Combine, “the defense let them down.”  Expect the running game to be addressed, but not in the first round.) (3-20-18):  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/road-to-the-draft/article-1/OHARAS-MOCK-20-30-Post-Combine-picks/876ac55e-23ef-4b90-b667-784659f54cbb

Draftwire Jacob Infante (20. RB Derrius Guice:  Fun fact: the Lions haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush had 1,006 in 2014. By picking Guice in the first round, they could change that.  Guice is a well-rounded runner. He has a solid frame at 5’10” and 212 pounds. He has great lateral and straight-line quickness, he has great ball-carrier vision and balance, and he has a strong lower body. Guice runs with a purpose, and he’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and power through defenders.  The Lions have a decent group of running backs, but none of them are full-time starting-caliber players. Guice has the potential to be a full-time bell cow back for years to come.  51. DT Harrison Phillips) (3-19-18):  https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/03/19/2018-nfl-mock-draft-2-round-projections-after-blockbuster-trade/2/

NFL Real GM (20. DT Da'Ron Payne: A more athletic version of his Alabama predecessor, and current Lions starter, A’Shawn Robinson, Payne can team with his fellow Crimson Tide DT to control the tackle box. Payne has more upside as a pass rusher, something the Lions desperately need.) (3-9-18):  https://football.realgm.com/analysis/3038/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Version-40-Post-Combine-Edition

USA Today Nate Davis Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice: Fournette's former backup at LSU could be just the physical presence needed by a Detroit team that has ranked 28th or worse running the ball over the past four seasons and was dead last in 2015 and '17.) (3-7-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/03/07/nfl-mock-draft-2018-post-combine-saquon-barkley-josh-allen/401305002/

NFL's Jeremiah's Mock (20.  DT Taven Bryan:  Price can play any of the three interior positions and his nasty demeanor fits with what GM Bob Quinn is building in Detroit.) (3-6-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000908233/article/jeremiah-mock-draft-10-browns-jets-fins-redskins-take-qb

Round 1 (16 DE, 12 DT, 6 RB, 4 G, 3 C, 2 CB, 1 OT):

8 DE Harold Landry
8 DE Marcus Davenport
6 RB Derrius Guice
5 DT Taven Bryan
3 DT Da'Ron Payne
3 DT Maurice Hurst
3 G Isaiah Wynn
2 C James Daniels
2 DT Vita Vea
1 CB Josh Jackson
1 OT Mike McGlinchey
1 G Will Hernandez
1 C Frank Ragnow
1 CB Jaire Alexander

Round 2 (7 RB, 3 DT, 3 C, 2 LB, 1 CB):

3 RB Nick Chubb
2 RB Sony Michel
2 C Billy Price
1 RB Kerryon Johnson
1 LB Jerome Baker
1 C Frank Ragnow
1 DT Harrison Phillips
1 DT Tim Settle
1 RB Rashaad Penny1 CB Carleton Davis

Round 3 (4 DE, 2 TE, 2 RB, 1 DT, 1 CB, 1 G):

2 DE Breeland Speaks
2 RB Royce Freeman
1 TE Dalton Schultz
1 CB Jamarcus King1 G Austin Corbett
1 TE Mark Andrews
1 DT Nathan Shephard
1 DE Kemoko Turay
1 DE Jalyn Holmes

Round 4 (2 LB, 2 CB, 1 OT, 1 DT):

1 OT Brandon Parker
1 LB Jerome Baker
1 LB Micah Kiser
1 CB Anthony Averett
1 CB Rashaan Gaulden
1 DT Derrick Nnadi

Round 5 (2 S, 2 DE, 1 TE, 1 RB):

2 S Marcus Allen
1 DE Jayln Holmes
1 DE Kemoko Turay
1 RB Kerryon Johnson

Round 7 (1 LB, 1 G):

1 LB Davin Bellamy
1 G Matt Gono

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Mock Draft Round Up 13

Sporting News Vinnie Iyer (20.  RB Derrius Guice:  The Lions have vowed to field a more legitimate running game in 2018. That should also mean they're thinking about another offensive line upgrade with this pick, but it would not be shocking if Guice were to be selected this high. He would allow Detroit to officially give up on Ameer Abdullah and would be the workhorse ahead of new veteran backup LeGarrette Blount and pass-catching Theo Riddick.) (4-6-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-mock-draft-2018-first-round-latest-patriots-bills-jaguars-49ers/1uto1215wds7i1hsug6dmblwh7

CBS Mock Draft Tom Fornelli (20. DE Harold Landry:  New coach Matt Patricia goes with an edge rusher to help out his new defense.) (4-6-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-two-trades-in-top-five-giants-go-linebacker-after-moving-down/

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler Mock (20. DT Taven Bryan:  Detroit needs reinforcements on the defensive line to provide more of a pass rush and Bryan is a candidate to do that. With his athleticism and strength, the former Gator is one of the best three-technique tackles in this draft.  51. Sony Michel:  The Lions are going to draft a running back in the early rounds and Michel outside the top-50 is excellent value.  82. TE Mike Gesicki) (4-6-18):  http://nfldraftscout.com/brugler-3-round-mock-nfl-draft/

CBS Prisco's Mock Draft (20.  RB Derrius Guice: At some point they have to get a back who can be their primary runner. They've been trying for a long time since Barry Sanders retired.) (4-5-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-bears-take-a-surprise-lb-at-no-8-four-qbs-go-in-top-five/

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang Mock (20. C James Daniel: With starting center Travis Swanson exploring his options in free agency, the Lions could look to the draft for a replacement. Daniels possesses rare quickness and length for an interior offensive lineman, projecting as a Day One starter.  CB Carleton Davis: Long and physical, Davis would provide the Lions with the stopper in the secondary it has been lacking.  82.  RB Royce Freeman) (4-5-18):  http://nfldraftscout.com/rang-3-round-mock-draft/

NFL.com's Chad Reuter's Mock Draft (20.  DT Maurice Hurst:  Getting an impact interior defender is important for the Lions, and keeping a former Wolverine in state would be a Michigan cherry on top.  51.  C Billy Price82. TE Mark Andrews;  117. CB Anthony Averett; 153. RB Kerryon Johnson) (4-5-18):   http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000925097/article/fiveround-mock-draft-saints-trade-up-for-baker-mayfield

PFW's Bob LeGere (20. DT Taven Bryan:  Too soon for a RB, so they go big in the defensive rebuild with an ideal 3-technique to provide help for DE Ziggy Ansah and DT A’Shawn Robinson.) (4-5-18):   http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2018/04/05/69656334/index.xml?page=21

Draftwire (20. RB Derrius Guice:  There are bigger needs on defense, but if Guice falls into Detroit’s lap here, it should be extremely hard for them to pass him up. A three-down playmaker with a fantastic blend of power and explosiveness, Guice is exactly what the Lions need to balance their offensive attack.  51. DE Josh Sweat;  82.  DT Derrick Nnadi) (4-4-18):  https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/04/04/2018-nfl-mock-draft-latest-3-round-projections-with-trades/2/

Draft Tek Mock Draft (20. DE Harold Landry:  Last week I had the Lions selecting RB Derrius Guice and although running back is still considered a position of need for Detroit, the selection of Harold Landry is making more and more sense as the weeks roll by heading into Draft Day. Why does it make more sense now than the last few weeks? After my Maize and Blue finished off Loyola this past weekend, I had an epiphany: Paul Pasqualoni is the Lions' Defensive Coordinator. He was also the D-Line coach for Boston College last season, which means he knows Landry's skillset as well as his weaknesses. The question now becomes, Will Pasqualoni put in a good word or a bad one to Patricia and Quinn? Landry definitely has some great things to say about Pasqualoni as he credited his on and off the field development to his former coach, which should indicate a healthy relationship between the two.  I'm of the firm opinion that a talent like Landry is highly sought after in today's NFL and with comparisons to Von Miller, how can you pass that up? Especially when you consider the QBs of the new NFC North. Aaron Rodgers is now healthy, Kirk Cousins is leading the charge for the Vikings, and Mitch Trubisky is perhaps the second-most mobile quarterback of the three. Detroit would be wise to invest in a EDGE rusher with a linebacker's build. The potential for Landry is sky-high. With Patricia being the defensive guru that he is and with Pasqualoni at his side, they'll know just how to use him. Landry seems to be the sure-fire selection if available here.  51. C Frank Ragnow:  Not much movement here for Detroit in the second round as the Lions are again slotted with Arkansas Center Frank Ragnow. It's not a "sexy" pick for most mock draft enthusiasts, but those of you who like to get down to the nitty gritty and the deep dive will love this pick as much as I do. Ragnow is a stud at the position and most draft pundits consider him as well as Billy Price to be the top Centers for this year's draft. Don't get me wrong; pairing up former Ohio State Buckeye teammates Taylor Decker and Billy Price would do wonders for the offensive line, but don't discredit what Ragnow did in his time at Arkansas. Ragnow only allowed 1, ONE, QB hurry in all of 2017. He even showed his versatility by playing Guard while not even allowing a single sack in 41 games at either position. Wow. Could the Lions ever use that? Simple answer, yes. Matthew Stafford was the second-most sacked QB in all of 2017. If that doesn't speak volumes about the offensive line play this season, I'm not sure what will.  What will speak volumes, though, is this film study of Ragnow squaring off aginst Texas A&M. Ragnow is never beat. His burst off the snap on running plays is exceptional and his footwork coupled with his strength to hold defensive linemen at bay in pass protection is remarkable. There's even a play I've cued up here where he leaves his block to help a teammate who looked beat just to allow his quarterback an extra second to make a good throw. If Ragnow is still sitting here by pick #51, it may just be a steal.  82. DT Derrick Nnadi114. RB Rashaad Penny; 144. TE Ian Thomas; 237.  S Troy Apke) (4-4-18): https://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp

Walter Football Walter's Mock (20.  CB Josh Jackson: The Lions wanted to sign Malcolm Butler, but lost out on him to Tennessee. They failed to find a legitimate No. 2 cornerback across from Darius Slay, so that's what they're doing in this mock draft update.   Joshua Jackson improved on his 4.56 40 from the combine, running a 4.42 recently.  51.  DT Trenton Thompson:  The Lions really need to focus on bolstering their pass rush, and they could use an interior presence to go along with A'Shawn Robinson.  82.  RB Royce Freeman:  The Lions need to spend an early resource to improve their dreadful ground game. They could take a running back as early as No. 20 overall, but this makes sense as well.  117. C Frank Ragnow:   The Lions lost Travis Swanson to the Jets this offseason, so they'll need to find a new center.  153.  DE Jay1n Holmes:  Given Ezekiel Ansah's injury history, the Lions could stand to add an edge rusher at some point.) (4-4-18):  http://walterfootball.com/draft2018_1.php

Walter Football Charlie's Mock (20. DT Taven Bryan:  The Lions could use more interior defensive line talent, and Bryan would give them a three-technique to pair with A'Shawn Robinson. Sources told me that Lions general manager Dan Quinn was at the Florida pro day to watch Bryan, and taking Bryan would fit with Quinn's other early-round picks. Bryan (6-5, 291) broke out in 2017 with 40 tackles with six tackles for a loss and four sacks. In speaking with some scouting sources, Bryan has drawn comparisons to the Chiefs' Chris Jones or the Broncos' Derek Wolfe. Some announcers have compared the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bryan to J.J. Watt, and in terms of style of play, Bryan is reminiscent of Watt, although not consistently. Bryan has a tremendous get-off with serious explosion off the snap. He also has developed strength with active hands to shed blocks. Given his length, Bryan can play end or tackle, plus is an ideal candidate for five-technique.   I heard from sources weeks early that Bryan was going to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, and scouting contacts project him to the first or second round. Bryan is a great athlete who is big, strong, fast and agile. He had a late start in football, however, from growing up in Wyoming, and that showed up in him never demonstrating good instincts. Bryan is inconsistent while lacking feel and pass-rushing moves. Considering his late start in football, he would have likely been better off in his long-term football career to return to school and gain playing experience before going to the NFL and taking on pro offensive linemen. Some team sources have told me they were grading Bryan as a second-rounder, but think he could end up being a first-round pick because of his great skill set, which is expected to shine in pre-draft workouts.  51. DE Da'Shawn Hand:  The Lions could use a multiple defensive line additions. Here's a versatile player that could help them in a variety of ways.  The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder has a nice skill set with natural strength, quickness, and athletic movement skills. Hand has developed technique and impressed teams with his football IQ at the Senior Bowl. He is a solid run defender who can set the edge and hold his ground at the point of attack. As a senior, Hand totaled 27 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. In 2016, he had 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks while playing with Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson.  For the NFL, Hand projects as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense. In a 4-3 defense, he could play end on run downs and move inside in the sub package, or he could gain weight to be a full-time defensive tackle. Being a five-technique in 3-4 would be Hand's best fit.  82. RB Kalen Ballage:  The Lions signed LeGarrette Blount, but he isn't a long-term starter. Here's a talented back to groom. Ballage was part of a running back-by-committee approach in college, but he is a tough runner with a powerful build and surprising quickness for such a big back. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl, displaying his downhill running style with a burst to hit the hole. He also showed some receiving ability. As a senior, Ballage averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 157 attempts for 669 yards with six touchdowns. He had 14 touchdowns as a junior and caught 44 passes for 469 yards and a score that season. Ballage is sleeper back who could be a nice value pick. 114.  LB Jerome Baker:  The Lions could use more linebacker talent to go with Jarrad Davis.  Baker recorded 72 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes broken up in 2017. Entering the season, there was a lot of media hype about Baker (6-1, 225), but in speaking with scouts who did advance work on the 2018 class, they weren't overly impressed with him. They said that Baker ran around more blocks than he took on and had the speed to get away with that against average offensive lines in college. They thought he was more of a second-day- to early third-day-level player. They said Baker is a good player, but not complete and not anything exceptional. They felt Baker was a good, solid, instinctive guy, who in the right system, will play in the NFL, but over time, is a dime a dozen.  After Darron Lee was taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Baker won the job to be Lee's replacement as Ohio State's fast run-and-chase linebacker. He had a quality debut with 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.  Baker is a highly athletic linebacker with sideline-to-sideline speed. His fit comes as a Will - weak side - linebacker in a 4-3 defense or being a run-and-chase inside linebacker in a 3-4.) (4-4-18): http://walterfootball.com/draft2018charlie_1.php

ESPN McShay Mock (20. RB Sony Michel; 51. DE Arden Key) (4-4-18):  https://www.prideofdetroit.com/2018/4/4/17197904/mel-kiper-jr-todd-mcshay-2018-nfl-mock-drafts-dueling-detroit-lions-picks

Kiper Mock Draft (20. DT Taven Bryan; C Billy Price) (4-4-18):  https://www.prideofdetroit.com/2018/4/4/17197904/mel-kiper-jr-todd-mcshay-2018-nfl-mock-drafts-dueling-detroit-lions-picks

CBS Mock Draft Ryan Wilson (20. CB Josh Jackson:  Darius Slay is one of the NFL's best young corners and Jackson has the physical attributes to become a force opposite him in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and now Kirk Cousins.) (4-4-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-ignore-talk-take-josh-rosen-no-1-bills-trade-up-to-4/

PFW's Eric Edholm (20. DE Harold Landry:  Matt Patricia might not strike us as much of a runner, but he should sprint this damned card up to … well, who ever handles the draft cards and all that. Landry might have taken a step backward last season while playing hurt, but no one would know that better than the Lions’ new defensive consigliere, Paul Pasqualoni, Landry’s position coach the past two seasons in Chestnut Hill. Landry could be an instant upgrade for the pass-rush need and perhaps replace Ziggy Ansah in a year.) (4-4-18):   http://www.profootballweekly.com/lists/2018/04/04/47731752/index.xml?page=20

Foxsports Joel Klatt's Mock (20. C James Daniels) (4-4-18):  https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/1202988611523

PFF Mock Draft (20. C Frank Ragnow: The nation’s top-graded center for two straight years, Ragnow can play any of the interior offensive line positions and the Lions could slot him in at either left guard or center. Ragnow rarely loses blocks in the run game and he only allowed 15 pressures over the last two seasons.) (4-3-18):   https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-pff-nfl-mock-draft-4

NFL's Charlie Casserly Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice:  The Lions go from having a poor running game to making it a strength of the team with the selection of Guice.) (4-3-18):  http://www.nfl.com/draft/2018/mock-drafts/charley-casserly/366350

CBS Mock Draft Will Brinson (20. Da'Ron Payne, DL, Alabama:  The Lions can find a long-term anchor for the middle of Matt Patricia's defense in the first round with this draft class.) (4-3-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-rams-trade-for-odell-beckham-cardinals-bills-both-trade-for-qbs/

Draft Geek Mock Draft (20. DT Vita Vea) (4-3-18):  http://www.nfldraftgeek.com/2018-nfl-mock-draft/

NFL's Bucky Brooks Mock Draft (20. C James Daniels:  The ultra-athletic interior blocker would shore up the Lions' offensive line as a mobile pivot with sweet feet and a high football IQ.) (4-3-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000922017/article/bucky-brooks-mock-draft-30-new-york-jets-land-josh-rosen

CBS Mock Draft Chris Trapasso (20. Harold Landry:  The Lions tagged Ziggy Ansah, which is good news for their defensive front. Will he be on the roster in 2019? Probably not. Landry isn't a traditional 4-3 end, but new head coach Matt Patricia is fine with utilizing different fronts.) (4-2-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-bills-trade-up-for-josh-rosen-saquon-barkley-falls-to-buccaneers/

CBS Jared Dubin's Mock Draft (20.  DT Maurice Hurst:  As ever, the Lions are in need of pass-rush help. Hurst is arguably the best interior rushman in the draft, and with his heart issue all cleared up, he should reclaim his status in the first round.) (3-30-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-get-their-qb-and-pair-myles-garrett-with-bradley-chubb/

Rotoworld Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - The Lions added Davenport’s position coach to the staff this offseason (also hired a former Boston College DC). Davenport has all of the tools and deploys a great long arm, yet he’s not a complete player right now. Filling a rotational role early makes sense.) (3-30-18):  http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/78854/344/2018-nfl-mock-draft-no-3?pg=2

CBS Mock Draft RJ White (20. CB Josh Jackson:  The Lions re-signed Nevin Lawson and brought in Deshawn Shead, but neither should prevent them from selecting a potential starter at the position across from Darius Slay should the right opportunity present itself. Matt Patricia gets a ballhawk with this pick who led the nation in interceptions last year.  51. RB Sony Michel:  The Lions signed LeGarrette Blount, but that shouldn't prevent them from drafting a potential long-term answer at the position.) (3-29-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/two-round-2018-nfl-mock-draft-broncos-take-barkley-as-qbs-go-1-2-3-4-after-trade/

NFL's Peter Schrager's Mock Draft (20. OT Mike McGlinchey:  Coming off Notre Dame's pro day last week, I had more people texting me about McGlinchey than his former teammate/all-world guard Quenton Nelson. Love this fit for Detroit, a team that shuffled its offensive line a bunch due to injuries in 2017.) (3-29-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000923750/article/peter-schrager-mock-draft-20-bills-trade-up-for-baker-mayfield

CBS Mock Draft Sean Wagner-McGough (20. DE Marcus Davenport:  The Lions ranked 20th in sacks last year. Though they're bringing back Ezekiel Ansah on the franchise tag, they're still lacking a second capable pass rusher. Last year, Ansah was responsible for 12 sacks. Only one other player recorded more than five sacks (Anthony Zettel with 6.5). Enter: Davenport, who notched a career-high 8.5 sacks last season.) (3-28-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/nfl-mock-draft-2018-lamar-jackson-falls-to-cardinals-quenton-nelson-drops-to-bears/

NFL's Lance Zierlein's Mock Draft (20. DE Harold Landry:  Detroit lands an edge rusher with the ability to play standing up or with a hand in the ground for new head coach/defensive mastermind, Matt Patricia.) (3-27-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000923275/article/lance-zierlein-mock-draft-30-bills-trade-up-for-josh-allen

MLive Nate Atkin's Mock (20. DE Harold Landry:  By signing so many starters to one year deals -- Ezekiel Ansah, Sylvester Williams, Luke Willson and LeGarrette Blount -- the Lions are allowing themselves the chance to strike on the best player available at any of them without feeling like they have to take any one position. Landry winds up as the best talent period at this spot, with an edge bend that fuses Vic Beasley with Whitney Mercilus. He showed it with a nation-best 16.5 sacks to go along with 22 tackles for loss as a junior in 2016. His numbers dropped as he fought through an ankle injury last season, but he illustrated that the speed and quickness are all still there with the best three-cone drill of any edge defender at the combine.  Having played for defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni just last year should show Detroit the different ways it can use Landry as a combo linebacker. His speed would balance Ansah's power so well next year, and he could step into the premier edge rusher role if Ansah leaves after that.  51.  Rashaad Penny:   The Lions set themselves up with so many directions they could go in in these early rounds, either to running back or guard or defensive tackle or tight end, without the need to start any from Day 1. After skipping out on last year's loaded running back class and regretting it, they're going to get involved this season. It's a priority with LeGarrette Blount and Ameer Abdullah playing in contract years.  Penny is a name I've been high on for a while, and he's slowly making his way up some draft boards after showing his top gear with a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The nation's leading rusher with 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns on 7.8 yards per carry last season brings a mix of size, speed, wiggle and physicality, yet his vision is his best trait. He needs time to develop his pass blocking and can do that in a stable of backs. He'll step in and command that open kick return role after he took seven back for touchdowns in college, and he'll add to the running game in doses as a rookie. By 2019, the backfield should be his.  Detroit has good options in this spot with Penny, Georgia's Nick Chubb and Auburn's Kerryon Johnson. A trade down would be ideal, perhaps if a team is coming looking for a quarterback. If not, the Lions should jump on their favorite back and develop him as a future high-volume runner.) (3-27-18):  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2018/03/nfl_draft_2018.html

NFL Charles Davis (20. Da'Ron Payne:  Tough to move in the run game and has good pass-rush skills up the middle. He had enough agility to intercept a pass, and catch a TD pass in successive series in the national championship game. Lions need help in the defensive interior.) (3-22-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000922586/article/charles-davis-mock-draft-20-darnold-slips-to-browns-at-no-4

Sporting News Eric Galko Mock (20. RB Derrius Guice: The Lions are clear in their desire to upgrade their rushing attack this offseason, but they haven’t finished the job. Guice, the draft’s second best running back, would give this team the difference-maker its group of rotational backs doesn’t offer.) (3-21-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/list/nfl-mock-draft-2018-bills-jets-broncos-browns-giants-49ers/1x4qgg7zmaoed1tecitxtro0q8/slide/20

SI Albert Breer (20. CB Jaire Alexander:  Alexander’s big week at the combine has propelled him into the first-round conversation, and the Lions need a corner to pair with Darius Slay.) (3-21-18):  https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/21/mock-draft-sam-darnold-browns-bills-trade-giants-josh-allen-broncos-trade-browns-baker-mayfield

Detroit News Justin Rogers (20. DE Harold Landry:  The Lions could go any number of directions here, but a defensive lineman remains the best bet. Landry showed excellent athleticism at the combine, validating his first-round profile. Having played for new Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni doesn't hurt.) (3-21-18):  https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/03/21/justin-rogers-nfl-mock-draft/33143165/

Dave Birkett's Mock (20. DT Maurice Hurst:  I gave Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry to the Lions in my last mock draft and I’m not completely off that train. But Hurst’s heart scare at the combine could have him slipping in the draft, and he’d fit a more immediate – and bigger – need on the Lions’ defense. Lions doctors signed off on Nick Fairley when he had what was described to me as “a similar issue.” If they give Hurst a clean bill of health, he may end up in Detroit.) (3-20-18):  https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/sports/nfl/lions/2018/03/20/dave-birketts-2018-nfl-mock-draft-20/33118783/

Detroit Lions O'Hara's Mock (20. Da'Ron Payne:  Head Coach Matt Patricia has said he wants to build the defense from the ball out, and Payne would provide the interior with a quicker, more explosive version of A’Shawn Robinson, the Lions’ second-round pick out of Alabama in 2016. At 6-2 and 311 pounds, Payne had an official time in the 40 of 4.95 seconds at the Combine. He hit the first 10-yard split in a blazing 1.67 seconds. Payne had 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.  With all the attention on the Lions’ run game, it should not be overlooked how the defense was dominated for long stretches at times. As one prominent coach said at the Combine, “the defense let them down.”  Expect the running game to be addressed, but not in the first round.) (3-20-18):  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/road-to-the-draft/article-1/OHARAS-MOCK-20-30-Post-Combine-picks/876ac55e-23ef-4b90-b667-784659f54cbb

Draftwire Jacob Infante (20. RB Derrius Guice:  Fun fact: the Lions haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush had 1,006 in 2014. By picking Guice in the first round, they could change that.  Guice is a well-rounded runner. He has a solid frame at 5’10” and 212 pounds. He has great lateral and straight-line quickness, he has great ball-carrier vision and balance, and he has a strong lower body. Guice runs with a purpose, and he’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and power through defenders.  The Lions have a decent group of running backs, but none of them are full-time starting-caliber players. Guice has the potential to be a full-time bell cow back for years to come.  51. DT Harrison Phillips) (3-19-18):  https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/03/19/2018-nfl-mock-draft-2-round-projections-after-blockbuster-trade/2/

USA Today Mock (20. DT Taven Bryan:  Matt Patricia knows the pains of trying to cobble together a pass rush after his last two years with the Patriots, and DE Ziggy Ansah alone won't suffice in Detroit. Bryan can create havoc all along the line, though he's still learning to tap into his considerable athletic gifts.) (3-19-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/03/19/nfl-mock-draft-2018-jets-trade-colts-josh-allen-rosen/437154002/

NFL Real GM (20. DT Da'Ron Payne: A more athletic version of his Alabama predecessor, and current Lions starter, A’Shawn Robinson, Payne can team with his fellow Crimson Tide DT to control the tackle box. Payne has more upside as a pass rusher, something the Lions desperately need.) (3-9-18):  https://football.realgm.com/analysis/3038/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Version-40-Post-Combine-Edition

USA Today Nate Davis Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice: Fournette's former backup at LSU could be just the physical presence needed by a Detroit team that has ranked 28th or worse running the ball over the past four seasons and was dead last in 2015 and '17.) (3-7-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/03/07/nfl-mock-draft-2018-post-combine-saquon-barkley-josh-allen/401305002/

NFL's Jeremiah's Mock (20.  DT Taven Bryan:  Price can play any of the three interior positions and his nasty demeanor fits with what GM Bob Quinn is building in Detroit.) (3-6-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000908233/article/jeremiah-mock-draft-10-browns-jets-fins-redskins-take-qb

DraftCountdown (17. Sam Hubbard, DE, OSU: Despite the presence of Ziggy Ansah and the emergence of Anthony Zettel, the Lions still rank in the bottom third of the league in sack production.   There was such an extreme lack of depth they were forced to bring in 37-year-old Dwight Freeney mid-season to try and add a little juice. Making matters even worse, Ansah is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. While it’s hard to believe they’d let him get away, another pass rusher is desperately needed in Detroit even if Ansah is retained. Hubbard is a converted safety who has maintained much of that athleticism despite bulking up. Not only is Hubbard a speedy threat off the edge but he also moves extremely well on his feet and in space. And the scary part is he’s still developing and his best football is yet to come.  51.  RB Nick Chubb:  Not overly flashy but the powerful, between-the-tackles, move-the-chains runner they need.) (2-21-18): http://www.draftcountdown.com/mock-draft/2018-mock-draft/page/2/

Draft Analyst Mock (20.  DE Harold Landry:  The Lions need pass-rush help and may need a replacement for Ziggy Ansah, who could enter free agency if he’s not re-signed.) (2-5-18):  http://draftanalyst.com/monday-musings-post-super-bowl-mock-draft

Round 1 (13 DT, 11 DE, 8 RB, 4 C, 4 CB, 1 OT):

8 DE Harold Landry
7 RB Derrius Guice
6 DT Taven Bryan
4 DT Da'Ron Payne
3 DT Maurice Hurst
3 C James Daniels
3 CB Josh Jackson
2 DE Marcus Davenport
1 DE Sam Hubbard
1 OT Mike McGlinchey
1 RB Sony Michel
1 DT Vita Vea
1 C Frank Ragnow
1 CB Jaire Alexander

Round 2 (4 RB, 2 LB, 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 C, 1 CB):

1 DE Da'Shawn Hand
1 C Frank Ragnow
2 C Billy Price
1 LB Jerome Baker
1 DE Josh Sweat
1 DT Trenton Thompson
1 DT Harrison Phillips
1 RB Nick Chubb
2 RB Sony Michel
1 RB Rashaad Penny
1 CB Carleton Davis

Round 3 (1 CB, 3 RB, 2 DT, 2 TE):

2 DT Derrick Nnadi
1 RB Kalen Ballage
2 RB Royce Freeman
1 CB Jamarcus King
1 TE Mike Gesicki
1 TE Mark Andrews

Round 4 (1 C, 1 LB, 1 RB, 1 CB):

1 RB Rashaad Penny
1 LB Jerome Baker
1 CB Anthony Averett
1 C Frank Ragnow

Round 5 (1 DE, 1 TE, 1 RB):

1 TE Ian Thomas
1 DE Jayln Holmes
1 RB Kerryon Johnson

Round 7 (1 S):

1 S Troy Apke

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mock Draft Round Up 12

Draft Tek Mock Draft (20. DE Harold Landry;  51. RB Sony Michel;   82. CB MJ Stewart114. WR Dante Pettis; 144. DT De'Asian Richardson; 237.  S Dane Cruikshank) (3-15-18): https://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp

CBS Jared Dubin's Mock Draft (20.  Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio: As ever, the Lions are still in need of pass-rush help. The last time they took an elite athlete up front with an early pick, it worked out pretty well for them: they got Ezekiel Ansah. Here, they finally get him some help.) (3-15-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-free-agency-shakes-things-up-josh-allen-saquon-barkley-drop/

CBS Mock Draft Will Brinson (20. Da'Ron Payne, DL, Alabama: The Lions put the tag on Ziggy Ansah but need more help on the defensive line and the upside-filled Payne can be the centerpiece for Matt Patricia's first-year defense.) (3-15-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-bills-trade-up-into-top-five-for-qb-saquon-barkley-drops/

Draftwire (20. DT Maurice Hurst:  A’Shawn Robinson is a monster of an anchor, but the Lions could use an explosive interior defender to pair with him. While Hurst’s heart situation is definitely something to monitor throughout the process, there’s no denying he’s a first-round talent and one of the most disruptive prospects in this year’s class.) (3-15-18):  https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/03/15/2018-nfl-mock-draft-free-agency-trades-shake-up-latest-projections/2/

CBS Mock Draft Sean Wagner-McGough (20. Harold Landry:  You can never have too many pass rushers, especially when you're situated in the same division as quarterback god Aaron Rodgers, the good not great Kirk Cousins, and the young and promising Mitch Trubisky. Last year, the Lions ranked 20th in sacks. But by drafting Landry, bringing back Ezekiel Ansah on the franchise tag, and hiring Matt Patricia as their head coach, the Lions could be poised to improve at one of the most important aspects of the game.) (3-14-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-and-jets-trade-up-for-qbs-browns-take-chubb-no-1/

Walter Football Walter's Mock (20.  Sony Michel, RB, Georgia: The Lions hired Matt Patricia, so the front office obviously believes he can coach up the defensive players. Thus, it wouldn't surprise me if Detroit's initial selection is spent on an offensive weapon. Detroit's rushing attack is extremely lackluster, as Ameer Abdullah has been a major disappointment. Sony Michel would provide a massive upgrade, giving Matthew Stafford the backfield weapon he desperately wants. Michel was Georgia's best running back this past season, and I believe there's a good chance he'll be the second running back chosen in this class.  51.  DT Trenton Thompson:  The Lions really need to focus on bolstering their pass rush, and they could use an interior presence to go along with A'Shawn Robinson.  82.  Frank Ragnow:  The Lions appear to be losing Travis Swanson this offseason, so they'll need to find a new center.  113. Jalyn Holmes:   Ziggy Ansah was franchised tagged, so he'll be around next year. It could be possible that 2018 could be his final year in Detroit, however, so a potential successor is needed.  153.  CB DJ Reed:  The Lions need another talented cornerback to go with Darius Slay, as the other options struggled this past season.) (3-13-18):  http://walterfootball.com/draft2018_1.php

CBS Prisco's Mock Draft (20.  Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: They are bringing back Ziggy Ansah up front, but they need more bodies. Payne has the tools to be an immediate impact player.) (3-13-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-take-bradley-chubb-no-1-get-sam-darnold-with-4th-pick/

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler Mock (20. C James Daniels:  With starting center Travis Swanson set for free agency, the Lions could look to the draft for a replacement. Daniels possesses rare quickness and length for an interior offensive lineman, projecting as a Day One starter.) (3-13-18):  http://nfldraftscout.com/2018/03/13/rang-mock-draft-30-browns-gamble-on-allen-for-future/

Walter Football Charlie's Mock (20. Sony Michel, RB:  The Lions have to improve their rushing attack to get some balance for their offense. Additionally, Detroit has no assurances that the top second-round backs will get to its second-round choice. Michel could quickly transform the Lions' offense and has true three-down potential.  The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel averaged 7.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,227 yards with 16 touchdowns. Michel has a ton of fans in the scouting community and was receiving second-day grades during the fall before his tremendous finish to the season. One general manager told me he thinks Michel could go late in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Aside from being a quick back capable of ripping off long runs, Michel has shown well in the passing game as a receiver and blocker during his collegiate career. Michel has starting potential for the NFL with speed, strength and versatility. He also enters the pros with less wear-and-tear after splitting carries with a variety of backs at Georgia.  Michel played well in 2016 while serving as the backup to Nick Chubb. On the season, Michel took 152 carries for 840 yards - a 5.3-yard average - and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 149 yards.  51. LB Leighton Vander Esch:   The Lions could use a linebacker upgrade next to Jarrad Davis.  Vander Esch (6-4, 220) had a breakout junior season with massive production for Boise State. In 2017, he totaled 141 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, four passes broken up and three interceptions. Vander Esch was limited to six games in 2016 because of injuries. He had 27 tackles and a sack that season. Vander Esch had 20 tackles as a freshman. Vander Esch is expected to be selected in the early rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.  82. DT Trenton Thompson:  The Lions grab more talent for defensive tackle with a penetrating three-technique. Thompson totaled 38 tackles with 3.5 for a loss and zero sacks in 2017, but he also missed multiple games with a knee injury. Thompson was a tough defender for Georgia in 2016, recording 56 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and five sacks. The 6-foot-3, 288-pounder has upside to develop. Thompson could fit well as a 3-4 defensive end or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Scouting sources have said that Thompson has a first-round skill set, but he is inconsistent and doesn't play up to his potential.  114.  DE Jeff Holland:  The Lions could use more pass-rush end talent across from Ziggy Ansah. Holland (6-1, 249) impressed team sources this year with a strong season as an edge rusher for Auburn. He doesn't have good size for the NFL, but he has some speed and athleticism on the edge with a nose for the quarterback. In 2017, Holland collected 45 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pass batted. He made some clutch sacks for Auburn. For the NFL, Holland could fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In a 4-3 defense, his role might be limited to being a situational pass-rusher, given his size.) (3-12-18): http://walterfootball.com/draft2018charlie_1.php

CBS Mock Draft Chris Trapasso (20.  Josh Jackson:  The Lions were clearly in on Richard Sherman before he signed with the 49ers. In Round 1, they take a cornerback with Sherman-esque ball-hawking ability.) (3-12-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-bills-trade-up-to-get-sam-darnold-giants-trade-back-then-up/

CBS Mock Draft Tom Fornelli (20. Derrius Guice:  Does the long search for a feature back finally come to an end with this selection?) (3-12-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-browns-get-their-qb-but-not-with-no-1-pick-giants-take-chubb/

Sporting News Vinnie Iyer (20.  DE Marcus Davenport:  The Lions are keeping Ezekiel Ansah with the franchise tag, but they still need to upgrade the edge pass rush for new coach Matt Patricia and coordinator Paul Pasqualoni. Davenport could have the same situational impact as the Eagles' Derek Barnett did as a rookie.) (3-12-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-mock-draft-2018-order-latest-giants-jets-bills-colts-bears-browns/fatw9l8rzyfzz3xt632ax04v

NFL Real GM (20. DT Da'Ron Payne: A more athletic version of his Alabama predecessor, and current Lions starter, A’Shawn Robinson, Payne can team with his fellow Crimson Tide DT to control the tackle box. Payne has more upside as a pass rusher, something the Lions desperately need.) (3-9-18):  https://football.realgm.com/analysis/3038/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Version-40-Post-Combine-Edition

CBS Mock Draft RJ White (20. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU:  The Lions pick up some elite speed for the secondary in Jackson, who ran a 4.32 40 in the combine and looked solid in his other on-field workouts. Will he be able to hold up at the NFL level at his size? That's yet to be determined, but he certainly has an elite pedigree considering the defensive backs that LSU has churned out in recent years.  51. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan:  A heart condition diagnosed at the combine could cause Hurst to slip, but his talent makes him worthy of a Day 2 pick.) (3-8-18):  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/two-round-2018-nfl-mock-draft-steelers-find-qb-of-future-two-teams-trade-up/

NFL's Lance Zierlein's Mock Draft (20. LB Rashaan Evans:  Davenport has flashes that are reminiscent of Ezekiel Ansah when he came out of BYU in 2013. Detroit might have to replace Ansah this offseason, as he's due to hit free agency.) (3-8-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000920140/article/zierlein-mock-draft-20-browns-pick-barkley-first-trade-up-for-qb

ESPN McShay Mock (20. OT Connor Williams) (3-7-18):  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2018/03/todd_mcshay_mock_draft_lions_t_2.html

CBS Mock Draft Ryan Wilson (20. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. At 6-foot-2 and 283 pounds, Hurst may be undersized, but his unbelievable quickness more than makes up for it. He'll be an integral piece to new coach Matt Patricia's defense.) (3-7-18):   https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-mock-draft-giants-move-up-a-spot-for-josh-allen-browns-decide-not-to-take-barkley/

USA Today Nate Davis Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice: Fournette's former backup at LSU could be just the physical presence needed by a Detroit team that has ranked 28th or worse running the ball over the past four seasons and was dead last in 2015 and '17.) (3-7-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/03/07/nfl-mock-draft-2018-post-combine-saquon-barkley-josh-allen/401305002/

Draft Geek Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport) (3-7-18):  http://www.nfldraftgeek.com/2018-nfl-mock-draft/

PFF Mock Draft (20. Rashaad Penny: The Lions have been looking for answers in the run game for years, and Penny may be just what they need. He has one of the best combinations of size, speed, and quickness in the draft class, all leading to the No. 2 elusive rating in the class (128.6) last season. He can be a factor in the pass game, a prerequisite for living up to first-round value, though he needs work in pass protection, where his 88.3 pass-blocking efficiency (73rd in the class) only tells a part of the story.) (3-6-18):   https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-pff-2018-nfl-mock-draft-3

NFL's Jeremiah's Mock (20.  DT Taven Bryan:  Price can play any of the three interior positions and his nasty demeanor fits with what GM Bob Quinn is building in Detroit.) (3-6-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000908233/article/jeremiah-mock-draft-10-browns-jets-fins-redskins-take-qb

Sporting News Mock (20. RB Derrius Guice: The Lions desperately need to fix their running game. While bolstering their offensive line is an option, adding a running back like Guice gives them a special talent with the ability to make up for less-than-ideal blocking.) (3-5-18):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/list/nfl-mock-draft-2018-browns-jets-bears-raiders-giants-quarterbacks/8vx5j7w4hm2k1mn1ksu6zjf7z/slide/20

NFL.com's Chad Reuter's Mock Draft (20.  DT Maurice Hurst:  Keeping Hurst in-state gives the Lions the quick and strong tackle they need.  51.  DE Dorance Armstrong; 82. RB Royce Freeman; LB Mike McCray) (2-27-18):   http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000917695/article/fourround-mock-draft-allen-goes-no-1-bills-cardinals-trade-up

Dave Birkett's Mock (20. DE Harold Landry:  The Lions have two main positions of need, pass rusher and RB, and they wouldn't be wrong to address either here. There are good RBs available, including Derrius Guice and Ronald Jones, but impact backs can be had on Day 2. Landry was a dominant rusher as a junior, and he'd have an easy transition in Detroit playing for his old coach, Paul Pasqualoni.) (2-23-18):  https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/sports/nfl/lions/2018/02/22/dave-birketts-2018-nfl-mock-draft-10/110724672/

Kiper Mock Draft (20. RB Derrius Guice) (2-21-18):  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2018/02/mel_kiper_changes_course_has_l.html

SI Albert Breer (20. DE Harold Landry:  Landry was well regarded coming into 2017, and had a good, not great final year at BC. But he’s still solid, and seems like Matt Patricia’s kind of player (as well as Ziggy Ansah insurance).) (2-21-18):  https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/21/mock-draft-sam-darnold-browns-josh-allen-giants

DraftCountdown (17. Sam Hubbard, DE, OSU: Despite the presence of Ziggy Ansah and the emergence of Anthony Zettel, the Lions still rank in the bottom third of the league in sack production.   There was such an extreme lack of depth they were forced to bring in 37-year-old Dwight Freeney mid-season to try and add a little juice. Making matters even worse, Ansah is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. While it’s hard to believe they’d let him get away, another pass rusher is desperately needed in Detroit even if Ansah is retained. Hubbard is a converted safety who has maintained much of that athleticism despite bulking up. Not only is Hubbard a speedy threat off the edge but he also moves extremely well on his feet and in space. And the scary part is he’s still developing and his best football is yet to come.  51.  RB Nick Chubb:  Not overly flashy but the powerful, between-the-tackles, move-the-chains runner they need.) (2-21-18): http://www.draftcountdown.com/mock-draft/2018-mock-draft/page/2/

Foxsports Joel Klatt's Mock (20. C James Daniels) (2-21-18):  https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/1166250051971

NFL Charles Davis (20. Maurice Hurst:  The Lions did not have to go far to scout him. They need his stoutness and get-off in the middle of the DL.) (2-20-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000916761/article/charles-davis-mock-draft-10-bengals-land-qb-of-future

MLive Nate Atkin's Mock (20. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: The Lions hired Matt Patricia to come in and try to take their defense to another level. He'll need better talent in the front seven, especially if Ezekiel Ansah moves on. The Lions have options here. I last gave them Boston College edge rusher Harold Landry, who is still a really good option. But Da'Ron Payne falls in this one, and the Lions did just hire his former defensive line coach in Bo Davis. Payne won't get after the passer too much early on, but he can wreck a running game. Those are the types of players the Patriots often gunned for, and it would free up Jarrad Davis to do what they brought him here for.  Depending on Landry's medicals and combine drills, he could have the bounceback to where he's the better player available. For now, Payne looks that pro-ready.) (2-15-18):  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2018/02/nfl_draft_2018_predicting_the.html

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang Mock (20. Marcus Davenport, DE, UT-San Antonio: If the Lions are able to retain free agent Ziggy Ansah — who registered 12 sacks during an injury-shortened 2017 campaign — Detroit might be able to look at addressing its annually disappointing running game. With depth better at running back than edge rusher, however, adding a blue-chip athlete like Davenport to develop opposite Ansah (and solid youngster Anthony Zettel) might be the best way to spark a playoff run.) (2-14-18):  http://draftscout.tsxfiles.com/2018/02/14/rob-rangs-mock-draft-top-qb-crop-since-famed-1983-class/

NFL's Charlie Casserly Mock Draft (20. DT Da'Ron Payne:  Strong player vs. the run, and he has some pass-rush potential.) (2-13-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000915990/article/charley-casserly-mock-draft-10-colts-snag-saquon-barkley

Rotoworld Mock Draft (20. DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - The Lions just added UTSA’s defensive line coach to the same position. It is also a position of need. We saw the same thing last offseason with the Bills and Zay Jones and the Panthers and Christian McCaffrey. Yes, it’s a leap, but all of this is.) (2-12-18):  http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/77878/344/2018-nfl-mock-draft-no-2

Draft Analyst Mock (20.  DE Harold Landry:  The Lions need pass-rush help and may need a replacement for Ziggy Ansah, who could enter free agency if he’s not re-signed.) (2-5-18):  http://draftanalyst.com/monday-musings-post-super-bowl-mock-draft

NFL's Bucky Brooks Mock Draft (20. DT Maurice Hurst:  The potential loss of Haloti Ngata, who's due to become a free agent, could leave a crater in the middle of the Lions' defense. Hurst is a blue-collar 3-technique with the motor and game to be a disruptive force on the interior.) (1-26-18):  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000910983/article/bucky-brooks-mock-draft-10-broncos-jags-among-6-to-pick-qb

Detroit Lions O'Hara's Mock (20. Maurice Hurst) (1-26-18):  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/ohara/article-1/OHARAS-MOCK-20-The-first-prediction/ca829774-eec1-4d15-92d9-76c03df19742

 Detroit News Justin Rogers (20. Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The Lions need all kinds of help up front, especially if Ziggy Ansah isn't retained. Davenport (93) is a long, athletic edge defender who was highly productive rushing the passer last season. The competition jump is significant, but the ceiling is high.) (1-17-18): http://www.detroitnews.com/picture-gallery/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/17/justin-rogers-nfl-mock-draft-10/109542840/

USA Today Mock (20. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: Ignoring the pass rush might be difficult, especially if Ziggy Ansah goes elsewhere. But Detroit had the NFL's worst rushing attack and has finished in the bottom five in each of the last four years. Guice offers rare big-play ability and could take some of the pressure off quarterback Matthew Stafford.) (1-4-18):  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/01/03/2018-nfl-mock-draft-first-round-sam-darnold-josh-rosen/997200001/

Round 1 (12 DT, 11 DE, 9 RB, 2 C, 2 CB, 1 OT, 1 LB):

5 RB Derrius Guice
6 DT Maurice Hurst
6 DE Marcus Davenport
5 DT Da'Ron Payne
5 DE Harold Landry 
2 RB Sony Michel
2 C James Daniels
1 DE Sam Hubbard
1 DT Taven Bryan
1 CB Donte Jackson
1 CB Josh Jackson
1 OT Connor Williams
1 LB Rashaan Evans
1 RB Rashaad Penny

Round 2 (2 RB, 2 LB, 1 DE, 1 DT, 1 LB):

1 LB Leighton Vander Esch
1 RB Sony Michel
1 LB Jerome Baker
1 DE Dorance Armstrong
1 DT Trenton Thompson
1 RB Nick Chubb

Round 3 (2 CB, 1 RB, 1 DT, 1 C):

1 CB MJ Stewart
1 DT Trenton Thompson
1 RB Royce Freeman
1 CB Jamarcus King
1 C Frank Ragnow

Round 4 (3 DE, 1 WR, 1 LB):

1 DE Hercules Mata'afa
1 WR Dante Pettis
1 DE Jeff Holland
1 LB Mike McCray
1 DE Jalyn Holmes

Round 5 (1 CB, 1 DT):

1 DT De'Asian Richardson
1 CB DJ Reed

Round 7 (1 S):

1 S Dane Cruikshank



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