The first thing that pops out with Paschal is his intangibles. He was the first player in Kentucky history to be named a three-time captain. Paschal also beat ALM, a deadly version of skin cancer, in 2019. Paschal is clearly a great character guy and should be a leader on the team in due time.
The Detroit Lions select Josh Paschal with the no. 46 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
On the field, Paschal is just as solid. Paschal is a solid, strong athlete who is quick off the ball into the backfield. Paschal plays powerfully and knows how to use his hands to keep blockers off him. While he is a good athlete, Paschal is not a bendy outside rusher like Aidan Hutchinson; he does not have enough bend to get around the edge.
Paschal will likely be a down defensive end on early downs and then slide inside as a pass rusher on pass downs.
Paschal is one of the safer picks available outside of round one. He is one of the best people in the draft: Mark Stoops even went as far to say, “One of the most special players, if not the most, I’ve ever coached.”
On the field, the Detroit Lions will never have to worry about Paschal. He is incredibly solid against the run and will constantly make plays in the backfield.
In the pass game, Paschal does not have the high-end upside of a bendy rusher, but when sliding inside, he should be able to penetrate into the backfield and create issues for opposing quarterbacks.