The week of Senior Bowl activities comes to an end on Saturday with the game between the Lions-coached North squad and the Bengals-coached South squad. The game takes place at 2:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network if you’re interested in watching, but for many of the prospects, their week of work has already done all the resume-building they needed for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions have been busy conducting informal interviews along the entire way, learning each players’ overall disposition, learning habits, intrinsic motivation and other intimate details afforded to them as the coaching staff of this week’s activities.
Chances are pretty darn good that come April’s draft, at least one of the players they’ve coached will be a part of their team. So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Senior Bowl prospect are you most intrigued about for the Lions?
My answer: Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones.
I know earlier this week I said that offensive tackle was not much of a need, and I expect the Lions to pretty much stand pat with their two starters for 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin to plan ahead. Even if the Lions decide to stick with Rick Wagner this year, he’d be a prime candidate as a cap casualty in 2021.
Jones has been a dominant performer all week at the Senior Bowl and looks like he’s about to cement himself as a pick in the top two rounds of the draft. That may be too much draft capital for the Lions to spend at the position given their drastic needs elsewhere, but Detroit will eventually have to get younger at that position, and we know Bob Quinn is not afraid of spending draft resources on the offensive line.
Sure, there are other, better defensive prospects out there—hi there, Javon Kinlaw—but in terms of players that caught my eye the most and improved their stock, I’m not sure anyone bettered Josh Jones.