The Lions addressed a variety of needs in the 2019 NFL Draft, and a lot of picks were relatively unknown to most Lions fans. General manager Bob Quinn & Co. nabbed several players who most mock drafts didn’t have on their radars, let along going to the Lions, such as Jahlani Tavai and Travis Fulgham.
Bob Quinn has a habit of getting the small school picks right, however, so Lions fans can breathe a little bit easier given his track record.
With that being said,
Which 2019 Lions draft pick will have the best career?
My answer: Will Harris, S, Boston College
It was really tough to make this choice. Statistically speaking, it would be hard for me to choose someone outside of the first three rounds as that’s just a poor bet on them having a particularly spectacular career.
T.J. Hockenson came to mind, but given that he will share the tight end spotlight with Jesse James and potentially Isaac Nauta for at least the first four years of his career, I don’t know that I see him becoming a superstar.
As for second-round pick Jahlani Tavai, I don’t know that I trust his lack of athleticism. Even if it does work out with the Lions, they’re unique in that Matt Patricia’s scheme caters to bigger linebackers—most other teams won’t, should he leave the Lions.
That brings me to Will Harris, who has tremendous athleticism for a box safety. That athleticism will translate well into a hybrid role in Matt Patricia’s defense where I can see him blossoming into a star, and should he leave the Lions he has the physical tools necessary to succeed elsewhere. On top of all that, Harris is only 20 years old and may not even be near his peak yet.