Mock Draft round up: Detroit Lions trading out of pick No. 7 continues to trend
After the Detroit Lions ridiculed the Detroit Lions for a little over a month, things opened up in last week’s mock draft with quarterbacks, offensive tackles, and trades finding their way into the mix.
With less than two weeks to go before the NFL Draft, the strain trend continues. This week eight different players were mocked about the Lions, four of them ended up with the Lions at choice # 7, one of them was paired with both # 7 and in a deal with the Lions, and three were just options over a Trade. Of the 28 mocks collected, seven had Lions on sale – that’s a cool 25 percent of the time.
Let’s take a look at the sample designs from the past week and see how things have changed.
Currently mocked by Clint Lamb (Outkick), Matt Williamson (Pro Football Network), and Ryan McCrystal (Sharp Football Analysis).
Williamson: “The Lions might very well like Jared Goff, but this new front office and coaching team is working on long-term contracts and needs to think the bigger picture. This reconstruction in Detroit will not take place overnight. So start with a highly talented quarterback at Justin Fields and see where it goes from there? “
Yes’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Currently, Evan Silva (Establish the Run), Charles Davis (NFL.com), Trevor Sikkema (The Draft Network), Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports), Nick Farabaugh (Pro Football Network) and Anthony Broome (Maize and Brew) are being mocked. , David Dorey (The Huddle)
Silva: “Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams would be the recipients of Lions 1 and 2 if the season started today. Chase is a high percentage bet in an obvious position of need and a long-term building block for the talentless Detroit in one of the most needle-moving positions in professional football. “
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Currently, Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) is being mocked for a trade-back with the Broncos, Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) for a trade-back with the Broncos, Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) for a trade-back with the New England Patriots, Matthew Freedman (Action Network), Cory Bonini (The Scrum)
Jones: “I was dying to swap this mock with the new GM Brad Holmes, given his track record with the Rams. Ultimately, however, Jared Goff needs someone to throw in other ways than Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. “
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Currently mocked by Doug Farrar (Touchdown Wire), Charlie Casserly (NFL.com), Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News), Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report), Doug Hyde (Drafttek)
Farrar: “The Lions could get aggressive here, advancing for Jared Goff’s eventual successor, but no matter who quarters the Lions in 2021 and beyond, they will need recipients, and Goff will REALLY need valuable goals if he is to succeed on everyone Level. So let’s give Goff the niftiest route runner and speed recorder in the class in Smith. There are people who are concerned about Smith’s ability to outperform NFL press coverage as an X-Iso receiver, but the tape shows a target that is off-line fast enough and sure has the acceleration in the field to to address such concerns. Detroit lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in the free agency, leaving them with Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams and Quintez Cephus as Goff’s main recipients. The need is clear and Smith has what it takes. “
Usage Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Currently mocked by Matt Valdovinos (Pro Football Network) after swapping picks 19, 51 and 124 with Washington, and a first and third in 2022.
Valdovinos: “The Lions missed the opportunity to take over Jaylen Waddle when they traded back with Washington, but at 19 they still get a top recipient. Rashod Bateman would immediately become the Lions’ top reception option, and with Anthony Lynn he will be in a role similar to Keenan Allen. Bateman could be one of the most prolific rookie receivers in this scenario since there is no competition for goals in Detroit. Jared Goff receives his # 1 goal, and Detroit receives draft funds to ascend for his man in 2022. “
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Currently mocked by Eric Edholm (Yahoo Sport), Sam Monson (PFF), John McClain (Houston Chronicle), Luke Easterling (The Draft Wire)
Edholm: “The last time I was here was Penn State LB Micah Parsons, a player you will appreciate very much. But with Sewell on the board, I’m not sure the Lions would pass it on. Would they get Taylor Decker to approach properly? Not at first. Sewell could be the right device and slip to the left if needed in a couple of years. “
Rashawn Slater, OT, northwest
Currently mocked by Ryan Mathews (Pride of Detroit) after a deal with the Broncos
Mathews: “Slater is historically lacking some metrics for offensive tackles in the NFL at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, but he’s got a lot of athleticism –and then some– to get the chance to play outside. If he has to move in and play guard, he has all the tools to be an all-pro there too. “
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
He is currently being mocked by Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL.com) for a deal with the New England Patriots, and Brendan Donahue (Sharp Football Analysis) for a deal with the New England Patriots
Jones-Drew: “The Lions are trading back and they’re still getting the guy they want. Parsons is a sideline-to-sideline supporter who can cover and hit. Exactly what his knee-cap-biting head coach wants. “