Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett peers into his crystal ball to predict who the Detroit Lions will select with the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NFL draft: 1-Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma – A change up top as rumors continue to run rampant that the Cardinals will take Murray and deal last year’s first-round pick, Josh Rosen. [ Carlos: Why Lions should draft Kyler Murray in NFL draft ] 2-San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State – The 49ers traded for Dee Ford, but he’s essentially on a one-year deal. Bosa is too good to pass up at No. 2. 3-New York Jets: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky – Anthony Barr bailed on the Jets to return to Minnesota, so New York turns to Allen to fill its pass-rush void. 4-Oakland Raiders: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State – Sweat was reportedly flagged for a heart condition at the combine, but the Raiders took Mo Hurst last season and … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions nab defensive star in NFL mock draft 2.0
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Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 11:01 AM EST Feb 25, 2019 The NFL scouting combine can produce both clarity and complexity for the upcoming draft. For all 32 teams, this week's annual event in Indianapolis serves as a common ground for ascertaining measurables and on-field drill data on more than 300 prospects. Additionally, interview sessions will allow teams to glean insight on the players who could become prized picks in April. But this week is just part of a larger scouting picture, and franchises' outlooks will shift when free agency opens in March. More from Birkett: Why I have Lions picking LSU's Devin White in Mock Draft 1.0 With two months to go before the first round in Nashville, here's our latest mock draft: 1. Cardinals - Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: This week will be the first opportunity for teams to get a look at Bosa since a core muscle injury shelved him for the season after three games, and he very well may firm up his … [Read more...] about USA TODAY NFL mock draft 2019: Detroit Lions take Clemson DE
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 1:38 PM EST Feb 18, 2019 ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. published his second mock draft on Monday because ... well, why not? Detroit Lions fans and observers may be more intrigued with Kiper's prediction for the eighth overall pick in April's draft. A month ago, Kiper had the Lions taking LSU linebacker Devin White. Now? Say hello to Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson. "Hockenson (6-5, 250) is a complete player who can run routes out of the slot on one play, then line up next to a tackle and blow up an edge defender in the running game on the next," Kiper wrote. "I'm not going to call him a Rob Gronkowski clone, but there are similarities, particularly when you see each as blockers." For what it's worth, Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett highlighted Hockenson as someone to watch for the Lions ... in the second round. Lions mailbag: Here's who I'd pick at No. 8 in NFL draft Hockenson, who entered the draft … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions take TE in first round?
The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25. Between now and then, teams will prepare to make their picks, and sportswriters will make their predictions through mock drafts. We analysed nine mock draft’s to get a sense of how the first round might play out. Between now and April 25, all 32 NFL teams will be hard at work studying tape, evaluating players, and working to make deals to move up or down in the 2019 NFL Draft. By examining the predictions of several experts from a variety of outlets, you can get a pretty good idea of how the NFL world feels the first 32 picks could potentially shake out. We analysed the mock drafts of nine different experts –Chad Reuter, NFL.com, Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com, Bucky Brooks, NFL.com, Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports, Will Brinson, CBSSports, Mel Kiper 1.0, ESPN, Todd McShay 2.0, ESPN, Walter Football, and John Clayton, WaPo – and attempted to find a consensus among them. Take a look below and see how the experts believe the first … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT: What the experts are predicting for the first round
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 1:59 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 At the halfway point of the 2018 NFL season, the Detroit Lions, as usual, are nowhere near title contention or even the playoff picture in the NFC. So, let's turn our attention to the draft, also known as the Lions' yearly Super Bowl. If the season ended after Week 9, the Lions would be picking No. 11 in the 2019 NFL draft. Who may interest general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia? Let's look at a handful of newly released mock drafts, to see who could fit the Lions, with glaring needs on the defensive line, cornerback and tight end. Lions mailbag: How will GM Bob Quinn explain this disastrous year? Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports writes: "Sit up straight so you don't miss this: The Lions are not very good. And despite hiring a defensive coach in Matt Patricia, the unit has been wholly underwhelming. Allen is having a breakout season and … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions NFL mock draft: A look at who they may target