Detroit Lions draft 2018: What to watch for on day two

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays an image of Frank Ragnow of Arkansas after he was picked #20 overall by the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays an image of Frank Ragnow of Arkansas after he was picked #20 overall by the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions will take a breath and regroup for day two of the 2018 NFL Draft. Here is what to watch for when the draft resumes on Friday night.

The first day of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books and the Detroit Lions have added the first member of their 2018 draft class. The Lions are currently scheduled to make two picks on day two – the 19th pick of the second round (51 overall) and the 18th pick of the third round (82 overall).

Here are some things to consider and look for as the draft moves into day two.

A trade has to be coming, right?

With just six picks entering the 2018 NFL Draft, Bob Quinn has said he wants to add more picks. He said in his press conference after the first round on Thursday night that he had multiple offers to move down from the 20th overall pick but chose against it to select Frank Ragnow instead.

There is no point in adding picks just to add picks – they have to be meaningful picks capable of figuring into the Lions’ long-term plans. Few late-round picks meet that standard so day two seems like the place Bob Quinn will have to make some moves if he is to accomplish his goal of a bigger draft class. Waiting longer than that means getting limited value in return not only in terms of the actual pick but in the caliber of prospect.

Another curveball?

The selection of Frank Ragnow came as a surprise, proving that as much as we might think we know a lot heading into the draft, there is a lot we don’t know about the way teams value some guys and who they might have their eye on.

If the expectation was that a defensive player was the favorite to be the team’s first round pick, imagine the ruffled feathers of some fans if the Lions make their second pick a player on offense as well. That’s especially true if the pick is a tight end. Dallas Goedert and Mike Gesicki are two tight ends who the Lions could consider in the second round that would surely draw ire from a number of fans.

Sticking to the script?

In hindsight, maybe picking Ragnow shouldn’t have been such a surprise. Quinn has now totally revamped the Lions’ offensive line since he took the general manager job, investing heavily through both the draft and free agency. If the first pick is totally in line, maybe we can learn something from his previous two second round picks.

It just so happens that both second round picks Quinn has made were on defense, first with A’Shawn Robinson in 2016 and then Teez Tabor in 2017.

Defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Josh Sweat and Rasheem Green, defensive tackles Harrison Phillips, Maurice Hurst, B.J. Hill and Nathan Shepherd, edge/outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Uchenna Nwosu, cornerbacks Josh Jackson and Donte Jackson and safeties Justin Reid and Ronnie Harrison would fit the mold.

What about Harold Landry?

Landry can be added to the list above but where he ultimately lands is anyone’s guess at this point. He looked like a first round lock heading into the draft but is still available after day one. That’s a headscratcher to many, including some Lions fans who were anxiously hoping he would drop to the 20th pick. He did..then he kept falling.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, some teams have medical concerns about Landry.

That likely explains the fall out of the first round and it remains to be seen just how bad those red flags are before someone feels the pick is worth the risk.

We’ve seen players for because of medical concerns before. Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith are two examples from recent years of players who fell out of the first round because of medicals but came off the board very early in round two. Smith went 34th overall in 2016 while Jack went two picks later. If teams are being similarly cautious with Landry, the Lions may not get another shot at drafting him.

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