Detroit Lions Draft: Top 5 Options To Choose With The 20th Pick
The Detroit Lions barely missed the playoffs this past season and now they sit at pick 20 with plenty of options. It would have marked the first time since the mid-90’s that the Motor City would have celebrated back-to-back playoff appearances. The Lions go into the 2018 NFL Draft with a few holes on their roster but none that I would call glaring.
FIVE OPTIONS FOR THE LIONS AT PICK 20
- MARCUS DAVENPORT, EDGE, UTSA
Detroit has a quality starter with Ziggy Ansah playing one defensive end spot. However, he’s playing this season on the franchise tag, meaning he may be out-of-town next year. Opposite of Ansah is Anthony Zettel. Davenport is a boom-or-bust type of player. He was dominant against Conference USA tackles this past season. During the Senior Bowl practices, Davenport struggled to get off blocks. Then when the game started, the lights went on and he dominated. Davenport has the size/speed combo you crave but will he translate? Detroit has the best person who can tell them in-house. Their current defensive line coach Bo Davis was the UTSA DL coach last season.
- DA’RON PAYNE, DL, ALABAMA
Payne is more of a run-stuffing defensive tackle who is capable of taking on blockers or shooting gaps to wreak havoc. He would pair nicely with former teammate A’Shawn Robinson.
- TAVEN BRYAN, DL, FLORIDA
Bryan is a different type of defensive tackle than Payne. Bryan has more pass rush upside in my opinion. He is also more boom-or-bust than Payne. Payne is more consistent while Bryan makes more flash plays. It truly depends on what kind of upgrade Detroit is looking for.
Eric Ebron is out and to subsidize the position, the Lions signed free agents Luke Willson from Seattle and Levine Toilolo from Atlanta. Neither of which are what I would call a No. 1 TE. Goedert is that type of player. He can block, runs terrific routes, and has excellent hands. He would be an integral part of the Detroit offense from day one.
With Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and LeGarrette Blount already on the roster, this would not be what I would consider a need pick. With that being said, Guice would be an upgrade over all three. He is explosive and gets the tough yards. He’s untested in the passing game (that concerns me a little) but that is more of poor offensive game planning at LSU.
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