The Detroit Lions made nine selections in the 2017 NFL Draft, and we’re still getting to know a lot of them. In a week’s time, they’ll suit up in Lions jerseys for the first time in their careers during rookie minicamp.
But sometimes draft classes aren’t defined by which players a team chooses, but the players they passed over. The easiest example of this is the Lions’ 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Eric Ebron is a polarizing player who has pros and cons, but the pick is mostly criticized simply because Detroit passed over defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft do you wish the Lions hadn’t passed over?
My answer: Defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. While I am perfectly fine with the Lions’ fourth-round selection of tight end Michael Roberts, Wise was someone that could’ve made for a great mid-round target on Detroit’s defensive line-needy roster. Detroit, coincidentally, ended up selecting his teammate Jeremiah Ledbetter two rounds later, but Wise was the more intriguing prospect.
Though he didn’t finish his college career like he would’ve liked, Wise’s junior year was outstanding. According to Pro Football Focus, he had 10 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 21 hurries in just 259 pass rushes in 2015. That kind of production would do wonders on the Lions’ roster, and the fact that he went to the Patriots just four selections after Detroit picked Roberts makes it hurt a little more.