Detroit Lions: The perfect 3-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Detroit Lions, Lewis Cine
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With the no. 34 overall pick, the Detroit Lions select Lewis Cine.

Lewis Cine is one of my favorite prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.  Here’s the thing, I am not saying that Cine is better than Kyle Hamilton, who is expected to be selected in the top ten, but I don’t feel that there is much of a dropoff in talent from Hamilton to Cine, which makes picking him at no. 34 a no-brainer for me.

There are two other safeties expected to be chosen around this pick: Michigan’s Daxton Hill and Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker.  Both are exceptionally talented safeties, but I prefer Cine.  Hill appears to be more of a slot corner at the next level. The Detroit Lions recently signed Mike Hughes to compete for a starting job with Jeff Okudah, Jerry Jacobs, and Ifeatu Melifonwu to start alongside Amani Oruwariye.

I believe that the Detroit Lions will find themselves in the market to draft a cornerback in 2022, but I don’t see it being this early.  Again, Hill isn’t a traditional corner, but he’s not exactly a conventional safety, and I believe this is one of the most significant needs looking at Detroit’s current defense.

The Detroit Lions need to pair a playmaker with the recently re-signed Tracy Walker, who is coming off a career year.  Brad Holmes would be doing Walker, a leader on defense, a disservice by pairing him with Will Harris again in 2022.  Campbell seemed to recently overvalue Harris but failed to mention if the former third-round selection would be working as a corner or safety in 2022.

Cine is a tremendous playmaking centerfielder, but he also hits like a sledgehammer.  The Georgia product isn’t afraid to come down into the box and lower the boom, yet has elite instincts and closing speed to play as a centerfielder, single high safety.

Cine really came into his own as a junior, totaling a team-leading 73 tackles with the Bulldogs to go with one interception while defending nine passes.

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