Detroit Lions mock draft roundup: wide receivers become consensus pick

Detroit Lions mock draft roundup: wide receivers become consensus pick

Last week’s draft round featured the usual top pass catchers and Micah Parsons, but absent for the first time since January, a quarterback was linked with the Detroit Lions. With recent trades at the top of the draft, this may be a trend that continues – but they haven’t quite gone this week.

Instead, it’s another bogus project regular who nearly missed the list this week. Let’s take a look at who’s been screened among the Lions over the past week.

Currently mocked by Doug Farrar (Touchdown wire)

Farrar’s simulation was full of chaotic inducing trades at the top of the draft – including Deshaun Watson at the Jets and Russell Wilson at the Dolphins – which resulted in Fields and Trey Lance (North Dakota State) being available at No. 7 when the Lions were on the clock. Obviously, this simulation is theoretical after the actual trades that took place yesterday, but that is part of the fun of these exercises.

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Currently mocked by Joe Marino (The network project), Michael Renner (PFF), Josh Edwards (CBS Sports), Kyle Yates (The pros of fantasy), Matthew Valdovinos (Professional football network), Jason Pruett (NFL Draft Plex), Glynn Morgan (NBC Sports Chicago), The Score staffs

Marino: “Detroit is renovating its large reception hall and there is still a lot of room to do. Chase is a post bully who plays a physical brand of football, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great road runner who can come apart. He has exceptional ball skills and can play at all levels of the pitch. He’s the No.1 wide receiver that the Lions’ offense misses so passing play can be channeled. “

Renner: “Considering Dan Campbell’s press conferences, you’d think they’ll only draft linebackers and full-backs this year, but GM Brad Holmes has already shown he knows where the game is won. Forget the “tone adjusters,” Chase plays a valuable role and is too special a talent to pass up here. “

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Currently mocked by Luke Easterling (Wire draft), Bucky Brooks (, Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News), Jon Ledyard (The tin ratio), Bryan Fischer (Athlon Sports), Scott Smith (, Clarence Hill Jr. (Le Star-Telegram), Tim Bielik ( Randy Gurzi (NFL Rotation Zone), Ian Fitz (NFL Draft), Project Tek, Tankathon

Brooks: “The loss of Kenny Golladay makes the search for a No. 1 receiver a top priority. Waddle is a game breaker with the speed and explosiveness needed to create big plays in the passing game. “

Iyer: “Waddle is a highly skilled all-round natural pass-catcher. He can go all roads at a high level, from flashing as a deep threat to a good finish in the red zone. The Lions are due to revise on wide receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all unsigned. The old Jet Breshad Perriman for the exterior is not enough. Here’s the # 1 option they need for new quarterback Jared Goff, as Waddle can play well with the receiving skills of running back D’Andre Swift and tight end TJ Hockenson.

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Currently mocked by Mel Kiper (ESPN), Kyle Crabbs * (The network project), Kristopher Knox (Launderer report), Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports), Tom Fornelli * (CBS Sports), Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports), Dalton Miller (Professional football network), Ryan Gosling (Professional football network) * designates trade

Kiper: “The Lions thrown starters at the wide receiver? New recruits Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. There isn’t much else behind them, with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. both signing elsewhere. I would say this pick is probably the best pick on the board, and Smith would be a great pick. The Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t have the biggest chassis (6ft 1in, 175lbs), but you shouldn’t underestimate him. He’s one of the best road racers I’ve spotted, and he beats every corner in front of him. Detroit is clearly rebuilding itself, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it trades for more draft capital either.

Kyle Pitts, Big Skill, Floride

Currently mocked by Dave Birkett (Free press)

Birkett’s reasoning is behind a paywall.

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Currently mocked by Albert Breer (SI: MMQB)

Breer’s reasoning is behind a paywall.

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Currently ridiculed by Jason Lieser (Chicago Sun-Times)

Lieser: “Parsons’ versatility and unusual speed are reminiscent of Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith.

Although he put on a show on his professional day and mentioned that he had contact with the Lions “on several occasions” this offseason, it is surprising to find that only one fake note writer Paired him with the Lions this week.


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