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Detroit Lions Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Detroit Lions Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Detroit Lions from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Detroit Lions, check out our 2021 Detroit Lions Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Lions:

EDSFootball - Donahue (3/23)

7. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

If the draft does play out this way, this pick would be a logical trading spot for teams trying to leapfrog the Panthers at No. 8 for a QB. That said, nearly all of the 2020 receiving corps hit free agency and even with the signings of Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman, they could use another receiver. They can not only fill the need with Waddle but also add someone who exemplifies the toughness that head coach Dan Campbell preached about in his introductory press conference. Waddle, who rushed back from what many thought was a season-ending injury, was able to be productive in the national championship game while still visibly limping. Now that he has had extra time to heal, he can return to being the fastest WR in the draft and an explosive weapon for the Lions' offense.

NFL.com - Brooks (3/23)

7. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The loss of Kenny Golladay makes finding a No. 1 receiver a top priority. Waddle is a game-breaker with the speed and explosiveness to create big plays in the passing game.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/23)

7. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Lions made contact with a couple of teams pre-draft about moving this pick, then left the phone lines open while on the clock for about as long as possible before the other "GMs" started getting mad. Nothin'. That early QB run stripped all the trade-down value at 7. But Waddle makes for a pretty darn good consolation prize. Detroit has short- and long-term needs at receiver -- and has to find more athletes, in general -- so Waddle can be a building block. For all the productive receivers the Lions have had over the past several seasons, they haven't had a true inside game-breaker with pure speed like this. -- Chris Burke

ESPN - Kiper (3/22)

7. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Lions' projected starters at wide receiver? New signings Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. There's not much else behind them, with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. both signing elsewhere. I would say this pick is likely going to the best wideout on the board, and Smith would be a tremendous choice. The Heisman Trophy winner doesn't have the biggest frame (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), but you shouldn't underestimate him. He is one of the best route runners I've scouted, and he beats any corner put in front of him. Detroit is clearly rebuilding, so I also wouldn't be surprised if it trades down to pick up more draft capital.

CBS Sports - Wilson (3/22)

7. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Is Jared Goff the long-term answer? Almost certainly not. In fact, Detroit could still choose to take a QB here, but for now we have them targeting the best WR in college last season, Smith, who will add depth on the roster with both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones signing elsewhere in free agency.

PFF - Renner (3/22)

7. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Given Dan Campbell's press conferences, one might think that they'll be drafting only linebackers and fullbacks this year, but G.M. Brad Holmes has already shown that he knows where the game is won. Forget about the "tone-setters," Chase plays a valuable position and is too special a talent to pass up here.

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