Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Round 3
Continuing this trend of dynamic and versatile players, we’re going with Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams to kick off the third round for the Lions. For Detroit, we now have back-to-back picks at No. 72 and No. 73 due to the first round trades that were completed.
With other players like safety Richie Grant of UCF and defensive tackle Tommy Togoiai available, it’s that versatility that makes us take Williams over the other two. In his last two seasons as a Bulldog, Williams produced 104 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, and ten sacks over that span. His player profile is listed as an edge rusher, but he has also had success playing on the interior.
The ideal plan would be for him to lineup on the outside on early downs and move to the inside on late downs. He’s a great run defender that possesses a lot of power at the point of attack. He’s also aggressive as a pass rusher, constantly competing with his hands while making his way to the quarterback.
Combined with new young weapons Horn and Collins, adding Williams to play various positions within the defensive line gives Aaron Glen a solid base to build from.
When draft day rolls around later this month, the actual landing spot of USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown will heavily be on my radar. If he somehow makes his way to Detroit, I’ll be elated. St. Brown is another one of my favorite prospects in the 2021 draft class if he can be snagged at the right time.
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Midway through round three is perfect, in my opinion.
As most of you know, the Lions are in a bit of trouble at wide receiver. They lost Kenny Golladay to the New York Giants and Marvin Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency.
The top three names now on the Lions depth chart at the position include the recently added Tyrell Williams and Brashad Perriman and former draft selection, Quintez Cephus.
Essentially, a wideout has to be added in the draft, and if we don’t land one of the top guys in the first round, I love St. Brown in the third. The guy has a good catch radius, is extremely physical and aggressive, and is a very athletic route-runner.
His competitiveness is likely something coach Campbell would be drawn to instantly, and at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, he has decent size for the position. He has the skill set to excel in a vertical or a quick-timing offense, something Anthony Lynn could surely utilize to maximum potential.