Oftentimes when talking about the NFL Draft, we focus on the players we absolutely want the Detroit Lions to choose. While it makes a lot of sense to think about the draft that way, more often than not, the player we want is not the player that is chosen. There odds are just too low.
Sometimes the draft can be more about the players you avoid than the players you end up taking. Last year’s draft provides an excellent example. With the Lions on the clock at 21st overall and a glaring need at linebacker, they could have gone with one of the most talented players in the draft in Reuben Foster. However, the numerous character flags in Foster’s game, combined with a worrying injury history, led the Lions to pass on Foster and draft Jarrad Davis instead. While Davis struggled early on and Foster had a very good rookie year, the domestic violence charge against Foster this year seems to validate Detroit’s choice.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which NFL Draft prospect are you hoping the Detroit Lions completely avoid?
My answer: This is a weird draft class in which I’d be more than happy with about 7-10 different picks from the Lions in the first round—which is part of the reason why I’d be psyched about a trade down.
However, if there was one player I’m hoping the Lions avoid entirely, it’s probably Georgia running back Sony Michel. To be clear, this has nothing to do with red flags or character issues, I just don’t like his fit in Detroit. Though he bring solid pass protection, and that was something Lions GM specifically mentioned he wanted in a running back, the rest of his game is not what the Lions need right now.
Though he plays with a lot of tenacity for a player his size, his game is mostly that of speed. Detroit already has players like Michel in Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, and although Michel is very likely better than both (and could fill that role long-term), I just don’t see it as the right move for this team right now. Give me a stronger runner with more tackle-breaking potential, like Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb or even Kerryon Johnson instead.