The Divisional Round of the playoffs is over, and 28 of the 32 teams have now seen their seasons come to an unfortunate end. As each team gets eliminated, the order for the 2019 NFL Draft becomes clearer. With the Eagles, Colts, Cowboys and Chargers all eliminated over the weekend, we now know the order of the first 28 picks in the draft. Here’s a look:
- Raiders (from Bears)
- Raiders (from Cowboys)
Most relevant to the Lions is the placement of the Philadelphia Eagles, at 25th in the round. In last year’s draft, the Lions sent away their third-round pick so they could select Da’Shawn Hand in the fourth round. However, they acquired the Eagles’ third-round pick by trading Golden Tate at the trade deadline this season. As a result, their one third round pick is 3.25. However, as Chris Burke of The Athletic noted, that pick will actually be 24th in the round, because the Giants already used their third-round pick to acquire cornerback Sam Beal in the 2018 Supplemental Draft.
So the Lions’ first three draft picks look like this (we can’t project past the third round because compensatory picks haven’t been awarded yet):
Round 1, Pick 8 (8th overall)
Round 2, Pick 11 (43rd overall)
Round 3, Pick 25 (88th overall)
Note: The Lions pick 11th in the second round because they rotate order with the other 6-10 teams in the rounds following the first
And for fun, here are the three players selected in those positions in the 2018 NFL draft:
1.8: LB Roquan Smith
2.11: RB Kerryon Johnson
3.25: LB Oren Burks
Yep, the Lions are slated to have the same position in the second round where they traded up to in order to grab Kerryon Johnson.