Experts split on what Detroit Lions should do with 7th pick

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com: Justin Fields, QB, State of Ohio

Why: We haven’t had any Lions who have QB since they traded for Jared Goff, but if Fields is staring at them here, they have to do it. Goff is a systems quarterback who at times struggled with Sean McVay dialing the pieces. There is no reason to believe that he will magically rediscover his game in Detroit.

Round 2: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com: Yes’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Why: Lions would love any recipient at this point, but it’s a fantastic development for new GM Brad Holmes to reach consensus in class.

Round 2: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Josh Edwards, CBSSports.com: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Why: Detroit will be able to challenge the field more vertically. Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams won’t cut it in this wide reception room.

Round 2: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Why: The Lions have problems outside of their passing game even with some recipients in the free agency. In this mock-up, they opt for Waddle over DeVonta Smith.

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota state

Why: Difficult to say if GM Brad Holmes is fresh in the quarterback market or outside of the quarterback market. However, if a caller of Lance’s caliber falls into the Lions’ laps, he may have a hard time getting on with Jared Goff. Landing in Detroit would apparently give Lance a chance to sit and study for a year while solving some ball placement and timing issues and positioning him as an imposing double threat option when ready to take the reins to take over.

Middlehurst-Schwartz ‘full of ridicule

Nick Klopsis, Newsday: Yes’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Why: The Lions’ current projected starters at Wide Receiver: Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams, Quintez Cephus. Williams missed all of 2020 with a torn labrum in his shoulder, and Perriman and Cephus combined scored 50 catches, 854 yards and five touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase pulled out of the 2020 season, but he won the Biletnikoff Award and set SEC records in 2019 thanks to his great hands and his mix of speed, agility and physicality.

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