In last week’s mock draft round up, we saw Detroit Lions beat writers jump in the mix and offer their thoughts on where the team should go with overall pick No. 7. There was a lot of variance in general, but the rhythm typically focused on five main players.
This week, it looks like there is still focus on the top five players with only a less common connection – but based on coach Dan Campbell’s comments over the past week, this player could possibly be linked with Lions more in the future.
Let’s look at the projections from last week.
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Currently mocked by Dan Schmelzer (NFL Mocks), Tankathon staff
Schmelzer: “The Lions need to be open to landing a long-term franchise quarterback this offseason, and Trey Lance out of the state of North Dakota stands out as a strong fit. With Lance available when the Lions go on Clock No. 7 in this 2021
At this stage of the process, most mock projectors have Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields off the table when the lions are on. If they think the Lions will grab a quarterback in the future, Lance is consistently the guy.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Currently mocked by Trevor Sikkema (The draft network), Tommy Garrett (Pro football network), Pro football network staff
Sikkema: “The lions could go a number of different directions here, as their list is poor. But imagine this: franchise tag Kenny Golladay and draft Ja’Marr Chase. If this happens, Jared Goff owes me some Lions merch. The Lions can hit trenches, linebackers and secondary later in day 2. ”
Sikkema’s move was a three-round and got the Lions to grab Samuel Cosmi (OT, Texas) in the second round, Pete Werner (LB, Ohio State) with the first pick in the third round, and Shaun Wade (DB, Ohio State) with second choice in third round.
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Currently mocked by Chris Trapasso (CBS Sport), Matthew Tabeek (AtlantaFalcons.com), Matthew Freedman (Action network), Doug Hyde (DraftTek)
Trapasso: “The Lions could be quarterbacks, but the new GM Brad Holmes was with Jared Goff in Los Angeles for years. He drives him for a season or two and heads to the receiving end with Smith. ”
When the most popular player paired with the Lions, Smith hype has recently slowed down in favor of the other two top-10 receivers.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Currently mocked by Jeff Risdon (Lions Wire), Josh Edwards (CBS Sport), Ryan Wilson (CBS Sport), Matthew Valdovinos (PFN), Damian Parson (The Crocker report), Scott Smith (The action network)
Risdon: “Three things Waddle likes: Can stand in any WR spot and move around the formation. Incredible top-end speed and very good body control at full gallop, NFL-ready route runs, especially on deeper routes. I chose him over Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith because Waddle offers more as a vertical threat and a little more size. ”
The most mocked player for the Lions this week, the hype surrounding Waddle is growing.
Kyle Pitts, Big Skill, Florida
Currently being fooled by UK draft staff
UK Draft: “My first reaction to the fact that the Lions traded Matthew Stafford away and acquired Jared Goff was that if the Lions had a shot at one of the top quarterbacks in this draft, they would definitely take him here with this choice. The more I reflect, the more I think Goff will be the Lions starter in 2021 and that they will go elsewhere with this draft election. ”
Based on Campbell’s comments this week, the development of the TE position could have the Lions in the market for yet another “great skill,” and that means Pitts should be in the conversation.
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Currently mocked by Cynthia Frelund (NFL.com), Chad Reuter (NFL.com), Cody Benjamin (CBS Sport), Mike Tagliere (Fantasy Benefits)
Frelund: “Parsons, who opted out in 2020, had the best grades in my college model in 2019 for running game efficiency (measured by how many yards opponents got in the race while being within 10 yards of Parsons). He also has a strong flash and pres potential, measured by how often he came past the defensive front when asked to flash (he was in the top 10 percent among LBs of his type when he flashed). ”
Reuter: “Parsons plays with the toughness that head coach Dan Campbell promised his team would show during his first press conference as Lions leader. He also has the athletics to become a playmaker, whether they are lined up in the middle or from the outside, just like Tampa Bay starter Devin White. For this mock, I assume the team is using the franchise tag on receiver Kenny Golladay and meeting a need in defense with this choice. ”
Not mocked by the Lions this week
Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon), Azeez Ojulari (JACK, Georgia) and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB, Notre Dame) were mocked by the Lions in last week’s round, but were not part of notable mock drafts this week. Most believe Sewell will be off the board at Election No. 7, while the other two are typically selected later in round one.