It’s officially draft week and the Detroit Lions are on the clock in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft. In the first round, acting Lions general manager Kent Lee Platte took Montez Sweat with his first pick, and now he must decide who to add with Detroit’s 43rd overall pick.
This provides a great opportunity for us to change the conversation. We focus so much on the Lions’ first-round pick and for good reason. It’s exciting to have a top-10 pick.
But the draft isn’t won and lost on the first day alone. A competent general manager hits on all three days of the draft, and this year, it will be crucial that Bob Quinn does the same.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who should the Lions take in the second round of the NFL Draft?
My answer: I’m specifically going to focus on our Pride of Detroit Community Mock, since it will give us an idea of who may be available. As a reminder, here’s who has been taken.
1 Arizona Cardinals - QB Kyler Murray
2 San Francisco 49ers - DE Nick Bosa
3 New York Jets - DE Josh Allen
4 Oakland Raiders - LB Devin White
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Quinnen Williams
6 New York Giants - QB Dwayne Haskins
7 Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Jawaan Taylor
8 Detroit Lions - DE Montez Sweat
9 Buffalo Bills - DT Ed Oliver
10 Denver Broncos - QB Drew Lock
11 Cincinnati Bengals - LB Devin Bush
12 Green Bay Packers - TE T.J. Hockenson
13 Miami Dolphins - DE Rashan Gary
14 Atlanta Falcons - OT Jonah Williams
15 Washington Redskins - DE Clelin Ferrell
16 Carolina Panthers - DE Brian Burns
17 New York Giants - CB Greedy Williams
18 Minnesota Vikings - DT Christian Wilkins
19 Tennessee Titans - TE Noah Fant
20 Pittsburgh Steelers - WR D.K. Metcalf
21 Seattle Seahawks - DT Jerry Tillery
22 Baltimore Ravens - WR A.J. Brown
23 Houston Texans - OT Andre Dillard
24 Oakland Raiders - DT Jeffery Simmons
25 Philadelphia Eagles - S Nasir Adderley
26 Indianapolis Colts - DT Dexter Lawrence
27 Oakland Raiders - CB Byron Murphy
28 Los Angeles Chargers - DT Dre’Mont Jones
29 Kansas City Chiefs - CB Deandre Baker
30 Green Bay Packers - OL Cody Ford
31 Los Angeles Rams - C Garrett Bradbury
32 New England Patriots - DE D’Andre Walker
33 Arizona Cardinals - WR Parris Campbell
34 Indianapolis Colts - CB Amani Oruwariye
35 Oakland Raiders - DE Chase Winovich
36 San Francisco 49ers - WR Hakeem Butler
37 New York Giants - DE Zach Allen
38 Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Deebo Samuel
39 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB Blake Cashman
40 Buffalo Bills - OT Kaleb McGary
41 Denver Broncos - G Dalton Risner
42 Cincinnati Bengals - OT Greg Little
Immediately, two players come to mind: Michigan cornerback David Long and Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom.
It’s a difficult decision between the two for a couple different reasons. Guard is arguably the biggest need for the Lions right now, and Lindstrom provides excellent value here. But cornerback isn’t far behind on the needs list (if at all) and the cornerback market is almost certainly going to be dried up by the time the Lions are on the clock next.
Ultimately, I’d go with Lindstrom here. The value and need meet up perfectly and it’s hard to imagine Detroit do any better with this second-round pick, even though there are plenty of good options available.
Who should the Lions take in the second round of the draft?
This poll is closed
CB Justin Layne
CB David Long
CB Rock Ya-Sin
G Chris Lindstrom
WR Marquise Brown
S Deionte Thompson
Other (specify in comments)