The Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft has flown by and we are already to pick No. 21. The Detroit Lions are on the clock and we are all eagerly awaiting what general manager Alex Reno will do. Here’s the draft board leading up to his pick.
1. Cleveland Browns - DE Myles Garrett
2. San Francisco 49ers - CB Marshon Lattimore
3. Chicago Bears - S Malik Hooker
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Solomon Thomas
5. Tennessee Titans - S Jamal Adams
6. New York Jets - LB Reuben Foster
7. Los Angeles Chargers - DL Jonathan Allen
8. Carolina Panthers - DE Derek Barnett
9. Cincinnati Bengals - RB Leonard Fournette
10 Buffalo Bills - WR Corey Davis
11. New Orleans Saints - DE Taco Charlton
12. Cleveland Browns - TE O.J. Howard
13. Arizona Cardinals - CB Marlon Humphrey
14. Philadelphia Eagles - RB Christian McCaffrey
15. Indianapolis Colts - LB Haason Reddick
16. Baltimore Ravens - OT Ryan Ramczyk
17. Washington Redskins - CB Tre'Davious White
18. Tennessee Titans - WR Mike Williams
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - RB Dalvin Cook
20. Denver Broncos - OT Garett Bolles
This is an anything-but-ideal board for the Lions. Not only were eight-straight defensive players selected to start the draft, but Detroit doesn’t even have the option of the top offensive skill players. What really hurt the Lions’ chances at a top prospect on either side of the ball was the fact that no quarterbacks have been taken. In comparison, the SB Nation mock draft had three quarterbacks gone by the time I was on the clock (and selected Taco Charlton).
That being said, there is no shortage of talent still on the board in a very deep draft. Defensively, the Lions could upgrade the secondary with plenty of options still on the board. Safeties Obi Melifonwu and Jabrill Peppers are options deep, while cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Teez Tabor would also make sense. For their front seven, linebackers Zach Cunningham, Tyus Bowser or the ever-rising T.J. Watt are possible options.
Offensively, the choices are severely limited. Not only are the top three running back options off the board, but so are the top two receivers. Essentially you’re left with speedster receiver John Ross or tight end David Njoku as options on the offensive side of the ball.
Who will Alex Reno pick? Find out Thursday morning. In the meantime, vote on who you’d pick below.
Who would you pick at 21st overall for the Lions in this draft?
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S Obi Melifonwu
LB/S Jabrill Peppers
CB Gareon Conley
CB Teez Tabor
LB Zach Cunningham
LB T.J. Watt
LB Tyus Bowser
WR John Ross
TE David Njoku
Other (specify in comments)