Daxton Hill might be the best fit for the Detroit Lions if they elect to pick a safety with one of their first three draft choices in 2022.
I’ve been a big fan of Lewis Cine over the past few months and hoped that Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes felt the same way. Cine is a tremendous talent, and I feel he would pair nicely with Tracy Walker on Detroit’s backend.
If you’ve followed my work, I am not a proponent of taking a safety with the no. 2 overall pick, nor would I support taking a cornerback, as was suggested recently by Mel Kiper of ESPN earlier this week.
I believe Kyle Hamilton possesses a superb skill set, and I feel the same way about Sauce Gardner, but not at no. 2 overall. I’ve mentioned numerous times that I hope to see the organization draft a safety at the end of the first round or early in the second. I believe there are four prospects at the position that will have the ability to start from day one, and the drop-off from Hamilton to each of these prospects is minimal. In addition to Cine, Detroit should target Daxton Hill, Jaquan Brisker, or Jalen Pitre depending on availability.
The Detroit Lions need to find a franchise player who can pressure the quarterback and disrupt an entire offense. They will be able to add that with their first pick, whether it is Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Jermaine Johnson, or Travon Walker.
Michigan’s Daxton Hill might be the best fit for the Detroit Lions.
Again, the Detroit Lions need to overhaul their defense at every level, and I expect Holmes to make a conscious effort throughout the draft to add a plethora of prospects to the teams’ defense.
All winter long, we dissected the Lions roster and plucked out the glaring needs; edge-rusher, receiver, safety, and linebacker. The Lions did a tremendous job retaining many of their own free agents, plus went out and got DJ Chark, who will serve as the team’s top outside receiving threat, plus Holmes added corner Mike Hughes and safety DeShon Elliott.
Hughes brings some much-needed versatility to Detroit’s cornerback group with his ability to play inside or out. Hughes takes some pressure off third-year man Jeff Okudah, plus gives Jerry Jacobs time to recover from his injury.
Recently the Lions signed Elliott, a former starter with the Baltimore Ravens that has suffered injuries early on in his career. As it stands, Elliott, who is a force when he’s healthy, expects to pair well with Walker to begin the year.
With the addition of Elliott, albeit on just a one-year ‘prove it’ type deal, I feel that Daxton Hill best fits the Detroit Lions defense. Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn would be able to confidently play all three safeties at the same time in nickel and dime packages with Hill’s experience working man-to-man out of the slot.
Hill doesn’t tackle with the same force as Cine, but he’s no slouch either. Hill recorded 69 tackles last season for the Wolverines plus broke up a team-leading 11 passes while hauling in two interceptions.
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The Detroit Lions could use a versatile player like Hill to pair with Elliott and Walker. Plus, if injuries occur to either, Hill can excel playing more of a traditional split-safety look with little to no drop-off when it comes to defensive impact and production.