Mock draft season is still going strong and we’re dedicated to bringing you the most interesting ones we can find. One that popped up recently was a “Dueling Mock Draft” from The Draft Network wherein two analysts made selections for the first three rounds. In this instance, both featured heavily on the offensive side of the ball.
While most Lions fans seem to prefer picks on defense, five of the six picks made in these mocks were offensive players, with four of them skill players. We’re going to take a look at each mock and talk a bit about the players selected, then you can decide which scenario you would prefer.
1st round: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
After tearing up the NFL Combine in drills where he didn’t have to turn, Metcalf saw his stock soaring even higher when the pictures of him sculpted out of clay in a local gym surfaced. Metcalf is easily among the riskiest picks in this draft. Despite his ridiculous athletic profile, Metcalf recorded 1,228 yards on 67 receptions for 14 touchdowns in college. Not last year, not in his best season, but in his entire career, spread out over three seasons. Metcalf also doesn’t come free from injury concerns, as a neck injury cut short his 2018 campaign. Still, despite the lack of production his tape can be impressive and there is the aforementioned elite athletic profile.
2nd Round: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
One of my favorite prospects to start the draft period, Rock Ya-Sin seemed to be a sleeper for everybody. He was even getting first-round hype coming into the NFL Combine despite an underwhelming performance at the Senior Bowl where he got a bit too grabby with receivers. His Combine also underwhelmed, with a great vertical jump but middling-to-poor metrics everywhere else and drills where he didn’t look very fluid. Ya-Sin was getting hype in the first place, however, because he had plus tape both against the pass and run, and his leadership and team-first mentality were very well documented.
3rd Round: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
A sleeper before the Combine, Warring is a sleeper no more and has become a bit of a favorite on Day 2 of the draft after Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr. and Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger had a rough time at the Combine. Warring is a good blocker with some promising developmental traits after taking up football only a few years ago. What will concern some Lions fans is a propensity for dropping the football, which happens to match the concerns faced by Jimmy Graham, a similar prospect who started football late and faced some of the same struggles.
1st Round: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
What is there left to be said of T.J. Hockenson that hasn’t already been said? The Iowa product has done a stellar job navigating the offseason draft process, putting athleticism concerns to bed with a strong Combine and showing off his blocking ability and pass catching skills on tape. Is he worth a top-10 pick, though?
2nd Round: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
Lindstrom has hovered in that late first round, early second round area for a bit, but really drove it home at the Combine where he measured as one of the top athletes in attendance. Coming from a school known for producing strong NFL players on both sides of the line, Lindstrom is a punishing run blocker with the technical skills to hold his own in the passing game. He would be excellent value if picked here as he’s projected higher, but picking a guard in the second round after taking an offensive player in the first leaves the team without any expected difference makers on defense.
3rd Round: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Like his brother Calvin, Riley Ridley didn’t post elite athletic numbers at the Combine. He also had mediocre (to be generous) production in a passing offense that has produced players with big numbers before. Picking up a player with a below average athletic profile and just barely north of 1,000 total yards in college seems like a questionable way to spend a third-round pick to me, but maybe the myriad of slot receivers in this stacked class were all selected before then?
So I won’t try to influence the results here by showing how the Draft Network’s Twitter poll ended up, but will instead open it up to you. Which of these two scenarios seems like the best use of draft capital, assuming you had only these two choices? If you think you could do better, give us your choices in the comments below.
Which Scenario was better?
This poll is closed
Scenario 1: Metcalf, Ya-Sin, and Warring
Scenario 2: Hockeson, Lindstrom, Ridley
Other: In the Comments