PFN creates wild 7-round Detroit mock
We have now had so many sham design variants in the past few months. We are ready for reality. With the draft only days away, experts and analysts are finalizing their draft boards and making one final try to see where the players will land. AJ Schulte of Pro Football Network is the newest with his extensive 7-round draft.
Usually experts keep it as simple as possible, considering how exhausting a 7-round mock is, but nobody told Schulte that. He hit the market with one of the wildest Lions mock drafts that had not just one trade but three trades when all was said and done that spurred rebuilding on a large scale.
1. Trade: Philadelphia Eagles will send Picks 12, 84, 123 and Indianapolis’ Conditional Second Round Picks to Lions in 2022 in exchange for Pick 7 that the Eagles selected for OT Penei Sewell
2. Deal: The Arizona Cardinals will send picks 16 and 49 to the Lions in exchange for pick 12 chosen by the Cardinals CB Jaycee Horn.
3. Trade: Cleveland Browns will trade WR Jarvis Landry and a fourth-round selection to the Lions in 2022 for selection 112, where the Browns OG will select Robert Hainsey.
Now we have set all the conditions and made the selection. Here is the Lions practice.
1st round (16): Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
2nd round (41): Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
2nd round (49): Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
3rd round (72): Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
3rd round (84): Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt
3rd round (101): Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan
4th round (123): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
5th round (153): Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati
Acquired: WR Jarvis Landry, conditional selection for 2nd round 2022 and selection for 4th round 2022.
It’s worth noting that the Conditional Picks for Round 2 2022 came from the Eagles from the Carson Wentz deal and could turn into a first round if Wentz plays 75% of the Colts offensive snaps or Wentz 70% of the Offensive snaps in 2021 Snaps by Colts is set in 2021 and the Colts are making the playoffs. In this scenario, Lions could run away with three picks for the first round in 2022 if these conditions are met.
Bateman is one of the more versatile receivers whose nifty route creates a disconnect no matter where he positions himself in the field. He’s NFL built, and if it weren’t for his opt-out, we’d talk about going higher but just reluctant to rely on 2019 band teams. Fortunately for the Lions, they get a recipient who can immediately become a feature target and building block for the future.
Davis saw his stock draft skyrocket after wiping out his Pro Day. He shows his excellent athleticism, which allows him to cover a lot of ground and hit the ball carrier. Despite only having strong production for a year, he has the intangibles you can’t teach and could become the next Lions MLB.
A natural right-back, Spencer Brown put his name on the map after a strong performance in the Senior Bowl, and after pitching a wacky £ 4.4 short shuttle on his pro day, cementing his name as one the sportier tackle to get out of the draft. His constancy may be squirrel-like at times, but his ability to mirror defenders will allow him to compete with Tyrell Crosby in real tackle.
Holland may be the next defender for the Swiss Army in the Lions arsenal as there is time for shared security and nickel that allow him to play matchup football that Dan Campbell appears to be doing heavily. Some parts of his game still need refinement, but he is a ball hawk (9 inches in college) capable of barrel defending and pass alike, and his versatility is greatly welcomed in Lions defense.
Weaver is a technical pass-rusher who wins on craftsmanship and length, not speed. He can line up inside and outside and achieve cheap matchups. Shakur Brown is also one of those versatile defenders who can line up outside and inside the corner because of his strong instincts and playful skills. What Forest lacks in size for security reasons, he more than makes up for with heart and desire, and could move from a key special team player to a security rotating role.
While the Lions are as good as ready to run back this year, General Manager Brad Holmes hasn’t been shy about upgrading the room during his time at Rams, and it would show with the Gainwell selection so late in the design. It may be an exaggeration, but when Swift and Gainwell are strung together, very cheap matchups turn out to be shady, fitting-catching setbacks that give the offensive a new dynamic to capitalize on.
As for the Landry trade, the Browns probably aren’t sellers when it comes down to it, but for the sake of the argument, Landry could be that heavy veteran presence in the locker room. It can be set up indoors or outdoors and would fit right in with the culture the new Lions regime is trying to establish in Detroit and that bridge for the young players who come in.
The Lions have been able to attract high character players who have a passion for football, a quality Holmes seeks in players. While this model may seem to be falling off the wall, especially when it comes to the number of trades, it paints a picture for potential players that the Lions could target and add young talent to the roster.