Littered with needs at various positions, the Lions are in a tough spot with their current spot at No. 8; the top talents on the defensive side of the ball could all be taken, and the teams who need a quarterback are probably jumping higher than the Lions spot to nab the guy they want.
And so, Detroit might find themselves choosing the best player available at their current spot in April’s NFL Draft. Should that be the case, the Lions could end up selecting tight end T.J. Hockenson from the University of Iowa.
In Mel Kiper Jr.’s ‘Mock Draft 2.0,’ he has Detroit selecting Hockenson, the tight end from Iowa:
Hockenson (6-5, 250) is a complete player who can run routes out of the slot on one play, then line up next to a tackle and blow up an edge defender in the running game on the next. I’m not going to call him a Rob Gronkowski clone, but there are similarities, particularly when you see each as blockers. And remember that Lions coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn saw firsthand what Gronk did for the Patriots during their time in the organization.
Kiper went a little heavy with the Patriots West angle, but Hockenson is becoming one of the legitimate options for Detroit with their first round selection.
Which leads us to the question of the day:
What would be your reaction if the Lions selected a TE at No. 8 overall?
For me, I wouldn’t be all too upset if the team decided to draft a tight end at No. 8 overall. Sure, the Lions have needs elsewhere, but the team absolutely needs a tight end after last year’s debacle at the position.
Should the team decide Hockenson is the guy, I’d be happy with the Lions taking the best player at his position with their draft pick.
Your turn: What would be your take if the Lions decided a tight end was the position they needed to fill at No. 8?