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Thursday open thread: Who is your early 2019 NFL Draft crush?

With the Lions having a top 10 pick, who is your favorite early draft crush?

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It’s starting to look inevitable that the Detroit Lions will have an extremely high draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. In fact, the Lions are guaranteed to be picking in the top 10, regardless of what happens in Week 17. Detroit can, at best, finish 6-10 on the season, and while there are plenty of other teams that can finish with a record the same or worse than that, the Lions’ fairly easy strength of schedule guarantees they’ll finish no lower than 10th in the draft order.

So that means it’s time to start seriously thinking about the draft, and none of the top targets or off limits at this point. Theoretically the Lions could still land the No. 2 pick, but somewhere in the 4-8 range seems most likely. Still, that means the Lions could have their choice of one of the best prospects college football has to offer.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

This early in draft season, who is your favorite draft prospect?

My answer: I’m still extremely early in my draft research, but the name that I keep coming back to is Kentucky’s Josh Allen. Our own Alex Reno did a profile on him this week, and as I read through every paragraph, the more I wanted to see him in Honolulu Blue. A premier pass rushing edge talent that can also drop back in coverage and has the versatility to play on the line and off the ball? Yes, please.

I honestly believe the Lions’ defense isn’t all that far away from being among the best in the league, and a top-tier pass rusher can do a lot to single-handedly improve a defensive unit. I wouldn’t quite put him into “Draft Crush” status yet, but he’s already getting close.

Your turn.

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