We are officially one week away from the NFL 2020 draft, and fans, front office and prospects count every day.
Lions have dire needs that general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia should address on draft day.
Now let’s see the perfect fit at each position for Detroit:
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Hurts had a productive career in Alabama and Oklahoma and directed both programs at the college football playoffs.
According to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., he “will not get out of the second round”.
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Taylor has been overlooked by many in this year’s draft, but we can’t forget what he did in Wisconsin.
In three seasons for the Badgers, Taylor has accumulated more than 6,000 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns. He was an absolute machine on the grass.
With questions about the current Lions starting to race against Kerryon Johnson, Taylor could have an immediate impact in Motor City.
Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
After completing an electric year for the Fighting Irish in 2019, Claypool was considered a close prospect.
Next, Claypool came out, and dazzled NFL scouts gathered – recording huge numbers that made him one of the best draft reception targets.
During his senior season at Notre Dame, Claypool registered more than 1,000 receiving yards and had 13 touchdowns.
There is no doubt that Detroit franchise passer Matthew Stafford would love to see Claypool run for him.
Devin Asiasi, UCLA
The former Michigan rookie is a decent assault weapon and one of the best online blockers in the class. And with his advantage, he has the potential to become one of the most balanced players at the next level position.
Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
This offseason, the Lions lost a few key pieces of their offensive line – notably Graham Glasgow, who signed a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos.
To ensure the safety of quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Lions should be delighted to take Wanogho in the middle rounds at the end. The second All-SEC team player has the size and strength to be a good fit on the right side of the Lions’ offense line.
Indoor offensive lineman
Shane Lemieux, Oregon
During his time in Oregon, Lemieux started 52 consecutive games for the left guard – a total of more than 3,000 shots.
He is a workaholic with a relentless attitude and has the physical attributes to become a powerful lineman in the future.
He was named All-American of the second team during his senior season.
It could consolidate the Lions’ offensive line, which is missing a few key pieces.
Josh Uche, Michigan
In the four years he has spent in Michigan twice, he has always wreaked havoc on bystanders.
He ended his stay at Ann Arbor with 16.5 bags in total, including a record 8.5 during his senior campaign in 2019.
Indoor defensive lineman
Derrick Brown, Auburn
Auburn’s 6 feet 5 inches 318 pounds is a beast inside the defensive line. In 2019, he registered 55 total tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.
Brown is a big tamper and would be a huge addition to Detroit’s fragile defensive line.
Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Baun is not only a competent hunter, but also versatile enough to line up in a myriad of defensive lineups.
Many draft experts believe he is best placed to be a 3-4 linebacker to the next level.
Joe Marino of The Draft Network compared him to former professional double linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
Jeff Okudah, State of Ohio
Okudah, the Lions’ favorite prospect for the Lions in 3rd place, has the size, strength and speed to be an All-Pro caliber defender in the NFL.
With the Lions swapping Darius Slay for the Eagles, the No. 1 corner position is up for grabs, and it’s a place Okudah could fill in time.
In 2019, Okudah helped guide the Buckeyes to a college football playoff appearance.
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota
Winfield recorded impressive numbers for the Golden Gophers in 2019, totaling seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and three sacks.
What Winfield lacks in size, it makes up for with its speed and its high football IQ.
A ball hawk like Winfield could help immediately improve an exhausted Lions secondary.
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network: Ohio CB Jeff Okudah is the safest choice for Lions at # 3
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