Can you catch onto the theme here? The Detroit Lions desperately need to spend a plethora of early-round draft picks on their defense, primarily focusing on their defensive front.
The Lions signed Danny Shelton to a two-year deal this offseason. It is a perfect fit for Matt Patricia’s defense, but Raekwon Davis has the potential to be the long-term solution. He can anchor the interior of the Detroit Lions defensive front for many years to come.
Who doesn’t want to draft defensive front-seven players from Nick Saban’s defense? Sure, I may shy away from the running backs because Alabama is known for emptying the tank on their runners. Still, the defensive players enter the league, usually making an immediate impact.
Davis is a monster standing 6’7, weighing a touch over 310-pounds. He’s DeForest Buckner without the violent pass-rushing ability. If Davis can develop even an average pass-rush, he will become one of the better interior defensive linemen in this draft.
At this point, he’s primarily a run-stuffer, and he does that very well. He struggles to push the pocket, can’t fight off double teams how you’d expect a man of his size too. Davis only recorded a mere two sacks over his last two years at Alabama.
Playing behind Danny Shelton for two years in a rotational role will significantly benefit Davis. He was expected to be a shoo-in, first-round draft pick a couple of years ago but has hit a developmental wall. Considering Matt Patricia is a defensive-minded coach should have the ability to unlock what Davis has left untapped.