Editor’s note: May as well get the first Greedy Williams pun out of the way early.
Wednesday, we’re trying to have some content for everybody. For the hopelessly hopeful, Mike Payton paved the way for the Detroit Lions— a 4-8 team—to still make the playoffs if they go on an improbable run down the stretch.
For the rest of y’all, it’s impossible not to think about the draft. With Detroit currently slated to pick in the top five, there is rightfully some excitement that the Lions could land one of the best players the college ranks has to offer in April.
So with only four weeks left to go before it’s the offseason for 20 teams, some mock drafts are starting to emerge. Respected Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller dropped his latest mock on Tuesday, and he has a pick that we could hear linked to the Lions more and more if Detroit’s struggles continue.
With the fifth pick, Miller slots LSU cornerback Greedy Williams to the Lions.
“The Lions have a need at cornerback, but the team also has to consider a best-player-available approach. Williams is both,” Miller said. “He can fill an opening at outside cornerback and also allows head coach Matt Patricia to run his defense knowing one side of the field is locked down.”
It’s a pick that makes a lot of logical sense for the Lions. With 2017 second-round pick Teez Tabor now a healthy scratch in two consecutive weeks, it appears that experiment is over. Tabor hasn’t been able to crack the lineup despite a Lions secondary that ranks 31st in passer rating allowed (110.8), 30th in yards per attempt allowed (8.4) and 30th in interceptions (5). Hell, undrafted rookie Mike Ford is currently a starter on this defense, and while he has shown some small promise, that shouldn’t be acceptable for any NFL team considering the steep learning curve for a young NFL cornerback.
Williams could be the playmaking defensive back this team so desperately needs. In his freshman year, he picked off six passes and notched 10 passes defended. While this year, his interceptions were down (just two), he still posted a solid nine passes defended. Per Sports Illustrated, Greedy allowed a completion percentage of just 40.7 this season, good for eighth among Power 5 corners.
LSU's Greedy Williams & Missouri's Christian Holmes have each allowed a 0.0 passer rating on late-down attempts this year to lead the nation pic.twitter.com/0caT7yyxW1— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 16, 2018
At 6-foot-2, 184 pounds, Greedy is also the tall, physical defensive back that the Lions were hoping to get when they signed DeShawn Shead in free agency. The need is there, the fit is solid, and the talent is obvious. This seems like a home run pick, should Detroit get a shot at him in April.
Williams officially announced he will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft earlier this week.