The 2022 NFL draft is finally upon us and we at Pride of Detroit will be covering each of the Detroit Lions drafted players with multiple in-depth articles. But for those who want to be able to track the team's progress without sorting through the front page of the website, this will offer you an alternative option.
This tracker will give Lions fans an at-a-glance look at who the team drafted so far, some important details about the player, links to articles we have written about the player, and will be constantly updating throughout the draft.
Entering the draft, the Lions hold eight draft selections. Picks No. 2 and 32 occur in the first round which will both take place on the first day of coverage (Here’s how to watch). On Day 2, the Lions hold pick No. 34 in the second round, as well as picks No. 66 and 97 in the third. On Day 3, the Lions don’t currently hold a pick in the fourth or seventh rounds but do hold pick No. 177 in the fifth, as well as, No. 181 and 217 in the sixth.
If you’ve been following along with our draft coverage throughout the offseason, you know that things are unsettled at the top of the draft, with favorites to be selected constantly changing. With just hours before the draft is set to begin, Georgia’s Travon Walker (-450) is the current favorite to be selected first overall, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson (+400) next in line. Hutchinson (-200) is the favorite to come off the board at No. 2 (currently the Lions’ top pick), with Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux (+135) right behind, in a very close race.
So will the Lions stay at pick at No. 2 and will they take Hutchinson or Thibodeaux? What will they do after that? Bookmark this page and we will keep you updated.
Round 1, Pick 2: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Hutchinson is a balanced defensive end capable of playing in multiple defenses and should be an instant starter on the Lions' roster. A speed-to-power dominator, he has shown consistent development over his time in Ann Arbor, where he was a two-time captain.
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Lions send picks 32, 34, and 66 to Minnesota for picks 12 and 46.
Round 1, pick 12: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Arguably the best wide receiver in this draft class, Williams’s stock slid a bit due to a torn ACL in the National Championship game, but all indications are that he is progressing through the recovery process quickly and should be ready for fall training camp.
“I was hearing five to seven months [to recover], but I’m hearing I’m ahead of schedule,” Williams told ESPN. “Hopefully things keep going on this track and we’ll be back as soon as possible.”
A field-stretching WR-X, with speed to burn, he is another playmaker for the Lions and a much-needed one on offense for this year and the future. Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown approves:
Uh oh it’s boutta get real dangerous ..— Amon-Ra (@amonra_stbrown) April 29, 2022
Round 2, pick 46: Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
Paschal played on the edge (both standing up and with his hand in the first), at the 5-, 4i, and 3-techniques when at Kentucky. Intelligent and highly technical in his movements, he is stout against the run, but also possesses enough quickness to still create pressure as a pass rusher.
Paschal is an incredibly high character individual, was a three-time captain, a cancer survivor, and is a high-quality presence in the locker room.
Josh Paschal was drafted with pick 46 of round 2 in the 2022 draft class. He scored a 9.7 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 46 out of 1503 DE from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/HksY0qEqof #RAS #Lions pic.twitter.com/VzYI4xDjEO— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 30, 2022
Also, he seems like a lot of fun:
This is brilliant— John “Winter Soldier” Vogel (@DraftVogel) November 24, 2021
Kentucky EDGE Josh Paschal did an add for a dentist office in Kentucky and it is comedy gold! pic.twitter.com/9KJJhqHPMX
Round 3, pick 97: Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
Joseph is a ball-hawking free safety who is a perfect fit for the Lions' spilt-zone safety concepts. His strongest position is at single-high, but he is capable of shifting into the slot and dropping into the box. He needs to improve his run support skills, but he has similar traits to the Rams’ Taylor Rapp, who Holmes helped bring to L.A. during his tenure there.
Illinois SAF Kerby Joseph has decent range. Nice job tracking and playing the ball in the air pic.twitter.com/HuUSRpboVm— Billy M (@BillyM_91) April 18, 2022
Round 5, pick 177: James Mitchell, TE, Virginia Tech
A TE-F/H-B option, Mitchell is currently recovering from an ACL injury (which occurred in September of 2021), but there is a good chance he will be recovered by training camp and will be able to compete for the TE2 role. At 6-foot-4, 249 pounds, Mitchell is a solid pass-catching option who turns receptions into first downs or touchdowns on over 70-percent of his receptions.
Lions send pick 181 to the Philadelphia Eagles for picks 188 and 237.
Round 6, pick 188: Malcolm Rodriguez, LB, Oklahoma State
After starting at safety as a freshman, Rodriguez converted to linebacker as a sophomore and started at WILL (the Lions’ BUCK position) in the Cowboys' 4-2-5 scheme for the final three years of his college career. A two-time captain, he is instinctive, quick to diagnose plays, and is a stout tackler.
Round 6, pick 217: James Houston, EDGE, Jackson State
Houston started his career at the University of Florida, where he played three seasons before transferring to Jackson State to play under coach Deion Sanders. This past season, he dominated the lower level of competition, recording 16.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss, as well as causing eight turnovers (7 forced fumbles, 1 interception). He will likely be a pass-rushing specialist with the Lions.
Round 7, pick 237: Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
A sixth-year senior (he opted to take the extra year offered by the NCAA due to COVID-19), Lucas started for 5 years at Arizona State, amassing an amazing 49 career starts. He is a plus athlete who can play inside and out, but at age 25-years-old, he will be the third oldest corner on the Lions' current roster.