First Round: Detroit Lions select DE Harold Landry
Landry is a guy that could very well be taken before the Lions pick at #20, so we can call this a bold prediction. I believe the Lions will be able to obtain Landry at #20. In my eyes, it’s between Landry and UTSA DE Marcus Davenport. The Lions have coaches with connections to both. Detroit’s new DC Paul Pasquoloni was Landry’s defensive line coach at Boston College, while new defensive line coach Bo Davis coached the same position at UTSA.
Landry gives the Lions quality depth at the ends, and that is something they don’t have a lot of. He can also play some outside linebacker, and versatility is something Matt Patricia covets. I believe Landry has more upside than Davenport, so this is my pick.
There is speculation Detroit goes running back (Guice?) here, but with a new defensive head coach, I think it’s a defensive first round pick. Speaking of running backs….
Second Round: Detroit Lions select RB Nick Chubb
Ah, what a segway. Chubb is a guy that could sneak into the back-end of the first round, but is likely a Day Two pick. A lot of Lions fans love him, and with great reason. Watch this:
He’s big, strong, and makes excellent cuts. He also has pretty solid vision and is able to turn on the jets when needed. It seems as though Chubb is what the Lions need at this position, and would be a great complement to the current trio of Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and LeGarette Blount. Even if he’s nothing more than depth early on, that’s still something Detroit could really use. Abdullah has dealt with his share of injuries, as has Riddick. If one of them goes down, Detroit could slide Chubb in, and he wouldn’t miss a beat.
Third Round: Detroit Lions select S Jessie Bates III
If you’re looking into a potential Glover Quin replacement, Bates could fill that role. He is a versatile player with the athletic ability desired in man coverage, as well as the ball instincts needed for zone. Bates would join Quin, Tavon Wilson, and Quandre Diggs to bolster the secondary. As previously mentioned, Matt Patricia covets versatility. I believe a player like Bates would fit in well.
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