It’s time to talk draft Detroit Lions fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 12, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
The Lions brought in GM Bob Quinn in2016, then added HC Matt Patricia in 2018 in hopes of catching some of that New England magic in a bottle.
They’ve had 25 draft picks since Quinn’s arrival – wheeling and dealing looking for the right players. In Patricia’s second year, expect the team to keep turning the roster over. For example, they may be willing to part with DE Ezekiel Ansah and his $17 mil salary if they believe they can get an upgrade in this year’s NFL draft. A player like Rashan Gary or Clelin Ferrell might be a realistic addition.
2019 draft picks
The Lions have no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive End
- Wide Receiver
- Tight End
- Running Back
- Offensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
Look for QB Matthew Stafford to be the starter in 2019, namely because of the $30 million dollar cap hit the Lions would incur if they were to trade him. That doesn’t mean the Lions won’t draft a quarterback, but more likely in the mid-late rounds.
First year RB Kerryon Johnson looked like a star in the making, until he went down with a knee injury, as did WR Marvin Johnson. With a healthy Jones back, the Lions will still need to add a WR to replace the departed Golden Tate. Look for them to pick up a quality tight end in the off-season, via draft or FA.
They’ve done a nice job drafting starters onlong the OL with Decker, Ragnow, and Glasgow. Don’t be surprised if they keep that trend going, by picking up some additional help for the right side of the line.
On defense, some help pressuring the quarterback, especially off the edge, would be a priority for this club. A linebacker like LSU’s Devin White might be difficult to pass up, even though, it’s not a priority. Additional help at corner, these days, is just as important as finding quality rushers.
Prospects to watch
Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Gary has a unique set of tools. He’s got plenty of strength, plenty of speed, and the versatility to play inside or out. At 280 lbs., you might think him too small for inside and too big for the edge – but that’s exactly where his freak athleticism comes into play. He can do both, and do them both very well. At the next level, however, he’ll need to add some finesse to his game, as he won’t be able to out-athlete the competition the way he did in college. Gary definitely has top 10 talent, arguably even top 5 talent.
Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Harmon finished his Wolfpack career with 177 catches for 2,665 yards and 16 touchdowns. His ability to stretch the field is evidenced by his 15.1 ypc over his three years with North Carolina. Along with good explosiveness, he shows good leaping ability. He has a tendency to body-catch the ball on occasion, something good coaching though should remedy. Physically, he’s big and strong; he definitely looks the part at 6-3, 215.
Saivion Smith, CB, Alabama
Smith performed well for Alabama this season, playing in 15 games, starting in 12. He had 60 tackles, three interceptions and five passes defended. He was a five-star recruit who played one season at LSU before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – eventually, landing in Tuscaloosa.
Donald Parham, TE, Stetson
The 6-8, 245 lb., tight end out of Stetson was named one of only 11 FCS Consensus All-Americans. He has 95 career receptions for 1,272 yards. He’s a long-strider that is not afraid to go over the middle. He has the intangibles and potential to be a dangerous redzone threat.
Players to Watch: CB Derrick Baity, Kentucky; DE L.J. Collier, TCU; WR K’Neal Harry, Arizona State; CB Byron Murphy, Washington; TE Drew Sample; and WR Gary Jennings, West Virginia.
General Manager: Bob Quinn | Head Coach: Matt Patricia | Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell | Defensive Coordinator: Paul Pasqualoni
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Frank Ragnow OC | R2 Kerryon Johnson RB
2017: R1 Jarrad Davis ILB | R2 Teez Tabor CB
2016: R1 Taylor Decker OT | R2 A’Shawn Robinson DT
R1 Laken Tomlinson OG | R2 Amir Abdullah RB