The buzz around the NFL Draft is heating up as we are now six weeks away from kicking off on April 26th. It is no secret the Detroit Lions have a plethora of voids to fill in the roster.
From a future quarterback beyond Jared Goff to wide receiver, offensive line help, and almost everywhere on defense, it is impossible to know what the game plan is for the NFL Draft for new general manager Brad Holmes and new head coach Dan Campbell with this Detroit Lions team.
I have seen just about every scenario possible in other mock drafts I have seen from fellow colleagues in the sports content creation world.
Due to the fact that I, unfortunately, do not possess a crystal ball to see into the future, I will have to rely on my best judgment and my magic 8-ball that I found in my kid’s toybox to make an educated guess as to how things might unfold.
Buckle up! I am going to do my best to help the Lions organization “re-tool” this roster!
I used The Draft Network as my platform for this mock.
Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Round 1
Trading back from pick number seven to pick number twelve gives the Lions some extra picks to help later in the draft.
There are many positions that need attention for the Detroit Lions. The argument can easily be made to go defense in the first round, particularly with linebacker Micah Parsons of Penn State still on the board. With his well-known character issues off of the field, I decided to grab what could be a generational talent at wide receiver.
Admittedly, I would have preferred his University of Alabama teammate, Jaylen Waddle, but he went off the board at No. 11 to the New York Giants. I am still quite happy, however, to take DeVonta Smith who is a versatile wide-out.
He possesses great route running skills and can make things happen after the catch. This will fit newly acquired Lions quarterback, Goff, quite well as he will be able to get the ball out of his hands fast, and let Smith do the rest.
With the announcement that Detroit doesn’t plan to franchise tag Kenny Golladay, there is depth needed at wide receiver, and Smith can be a contributor on day one.