It has been a few seasons since the Detroit Lions have drafted someone from within the state (punter Pat O’Connor from Eastern Michigan in 2017, Graham Glasgow and Jake Rudock from Michigan in 2016), but that could change this season with a number of viable options on the draft board.
While there is not necessarily a huge advantage in selecting a local product aside from some small scouting perks, it is always fun as a fan to get to stick with a college star as they get drafted to their nearby NFL team. At the end of the day it might be coincidence more than anything, but it is still fun to find a good match.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What local product would be the best fit for the Lions?
My answer: I might be a Michigan homer, but there are a few Wolverines that would make sense at the right pick. Kwity Paye is an obvious candidate should the Lions trade back in the first round, as he is one of the best edge options available in this draft. Both Jalen Mayfield and Nico Collins could make sense as well to help out on offense.
The Spartans do not quite have as many top prospects, though Shakur Brown is someone would could be added as corner depth. If Detroit does not go with Collins, Western Michigan receiver D’Wayne Eskridge brings a different skill set to the table and could be a fun weapon for Jared Goff later in the draft.