We’ve all talked ourselves silly when it comes to the Detroit Lions’ third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. We’ve exhausted trade down scenarios, talked ourselves into and out of just about every potential prospect to pick with that key first-round pick.
But this draft will be about more than just one pick for the Lions. Currently, the Lions have nine draft picks, including four in the top 85. It’s hard to say that Day 2 of the NFL Draft will be more important than the third overall pick and what the Lions decide to do with it, but it’s still pretty darn important for the Lions.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who is your Day 2 Detroit Lions draft crush?
My answer: This is a bit of a tricky question because the Lions have so many different directions they can go with their Day 2 picks. They could probably use and offensive guard, but if I’m being honest, no Day 2 picks at that position are worth crushing over.
Wide receiver is another position of need, but unlike guards, this draft is loaded with talent that could have its sweet spot between Round 2 and 4. There’s a lot to like in the talents that K.J. Hill, James Proche and Chase Claypool have to offer in Day 2.
But my eyes are on defense in this draft, and it’s hard not to see the fit Bradlee Anae has in Detroit. The Lions got a really good look at him in the Senior Bowl, and the edge defender out of Utah seemed to thrive under their coaching. He tallied three sacks in the game, five pressures, and the second-highest PFF grade of anyone else on the field.
He’s a bit undersized at 6-foot-3, 257 pounds to be a down defensive lineman, and his athletic traits remain just okay. However, his fit in Detroit seems perfect. He’s good size fora jack linebacker in Matt Patricia’s defense, and his skills as a pass rusher could make him an immediate subpackage defensive end.
Patricia would likely expect him to bulk up and win more with power than his current skill-set that favors speed and twitchiness, but as we saw in the Senior Bowl, Anae has the ability to shine and a motor that won’t quit. Sign me up.