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Detroit Lions Mock Draft Roundup 3.0


Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 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 Detroit Lions Mock Draft Database.

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

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/20)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Hutchinson feels like a Dan Campbell selection, and he's got all the tools to be a All-Pro type on the edge.

28. David Bell, WR, Purdue

Bell was a steady, high-producing presence on the outside over the past three years for the Boilermakers.

ESPN - Mel Kiper (1/19)

2. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The Lions finished with the same number of wins (three) as the Jaguars, but doesn't it feel as if they're in a much better position? Well, maybe not so fast. The defense allowed the second-most points in the league (27.5 per game), and the offense had major consistency issues, which led to coordinator Anthony Lynn's firing. This is a roster that could use talent upgrades at several positions.

That's why it's a no-brainer to take Thibodeaux or Hutchinson here, whoever is still on the board. Thibodeaux, who was a No. 1 overall high school recruit, has elite upside. His get-off at the snap is lightning-quick, and though he's still developing secondary pass-rush moves, he doesn't need them when he can blow by offensive tackles before they're out of their stance. Thibodeaux had half as many sacks (seven) as Hutchinson this season, but he had the second-best pressure rate in the country (17.8%). Charles Harris, who led Detroit with 7.5 sacks this season, is a free agent, which makes this even more of a problem position.

28. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

I'm not sold on Jared Goff being Detroit's guy past 2022, so why not take a quarterback flier here with the pick it got from the trade with the Rams? By taking Howell in Round 1, the Lions would get his fifth-year option, which means they could hand over the reins in 2023. Yes, they have a lot of needs, but if they think they can get their future starting signal-caller, they should pounce.

Howell is a tricky evaluation, and he could definitely drop to Round 2. He looked like a potential top-10 pick after his sophomore season in 2020. At the beginning of the 2021 season, though, he really struggled, and he put a lot of bad tape out there while throwing to a completely new set of pass-catchers. He settled back in and improved down the stretch, finishing with 24 touchdown passes and nine picks, plus 11 rushing scores. He throws a beautiful deep ball and has tremendous touch on passes.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/19)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

A Week 18 victory against the Packers meant the Lions lost the No. 1 overall pick, but there is a decent chance that the top-ranked player on Detroit's draft board will still be available at No. 2.

Hutchinson isn't on the same level as the Bosa brothers -- he doesn't have the same bend or arc skills. However, there are similarities when you talk about their quickness, power and skilled hand play to defeat blockers and disrupt the pocket. Hutchinson can win in multiple ways and is wired in a way that will appeal to head coach Dan Campbell.

28. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

I don't think the Lions will feel pressured to take a wide receiver here, especially with the emergence of Amon-Ra St. Brown over the final month of the season. But Olave and his polished play style would give Detroit an immediate playmaker for an offense in need of them.

PFF - Austin Gayle (1/17)

2. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Thibodeaux earned a 91.3 PFF pass-rushing grade that ranked fourth among all Power Five edge defenders in 2021, behind only Hutchinson (93.6), South Carolina's Kingsley Enagbare (92.5) and Oklahoma's Nik Bonitto (92.5). Thibodeaux is a premier player at a premium position -- throw need out the window if he's available at No. 2 overall.

28. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

There's no debating that Michigan edge defender David Ojabo had an absurd 2021 campaign. Having started his football career in 2017, he played just 26 defensive snaps for the Wolverines in 2020 before exploding with 41 pressures and an 88.2 pass-rushing grade this season. He's a raw prospect who will need to test through the roof at the combine to go in the first round come April, but that's well within the realm of possibility for the young superstar.

Baltimore Sun - C.J. Doon (1/14)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The 6-6, 265-pound Hutchinson also has a strong case to be the No. 1 pick. The Heisman Trophy finalist put together a monster senior season, recording 14 sacks and 16 1/2 tackles for loss. Ranked No. 2 on Bruce Feldman's 2021 "Freaks List," he's expected to put up some impressive athletic testing numbers.

26. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

With Jared Goff likely entrenched as the starting quarterback next season, the Lions have time on their side to develop an intriguing prospect like Willis. The 6-1, 215-pound Auburn transfer rushed for 1,822 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons at Liberty while throwing 47 touchdown passes. His accuracy is inconsistent, but his 11% big-time throw rate was the best in the FBS this season, according to PFF.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fischer (1/13)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

There are few more perfect marriages of player, head coach and team need than the terror off the edge from just up the road in Ann Arbor landing with the Lions. Hutchinson is in play to go with the top pick but those in Detroit hope that Week 18 win won't cost them a shot at the Wolverine stud.

28. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Amon-Ra St. Brown has turned into a nice bright spot for the Lions out of the slot but throwing Burks into the mix would be an even nicer weapon to have for the team's quarterback given the size and speed the former Hog brings to the table.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Lions have been near the bottom of the league in sacks and QB pressure rate the last three seasons, so I expect them to select whomever is available between Hutchinson and Thibodeaux.

28. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

If there's a quarterback the Lions fall in love with, he'll likely be selected here if he's available. Otherwise, they miss out on the top wide receiver talent in this exercise so I address another dire need. McCreary simply doesn't allow much separation and he's battle-tested out of the SEC. He's capable of thriving in man and zone.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/12)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Scoring three wins in the final six weeks precluded Detroit from earning the No. 1 pick for the first time since 2009, but Lions fans need not worry about having to settle for a consolation prize. Thibodeaux and Hutchinson might be ranked as No. 1 and 1a by some, and Hutchinson presents a solid case that he's not necessarily the latter. After returning for his senior season, the 6-6, 265-pound defensive end overwhelmed opponents from start to finish en route to 14 sacks, a College Football Playoff berth and recognition as Heisman Trophy runner-up. Whether it's the local product or Thibodeaux who lands here, the Lions can't lose in scooping up a top-tier edge rusher who will change the complexion of their front.

26. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Jared Goff ended the season on an upswing, thanks in large part to Amon-Ra St. Brown's late breakout. Maybe it would be a shrewd move, then, to invest in another polished and prolific target who can upgrade an otherwise flimsy receiving corps. Olave offers savvy beyond his years in his precise route-running, and he should add a needed vertical element to the passing attack.

For The Win - Charles McDonald (1/12)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Lions get a local pick to add to their pass rush. Aidan Hutchinson projects as a lead off pass rusher in the NFL that can win one-on-one matchups.

27. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

The Lions finally take a swing at quarterback. Ridder could end up being the steal of the draft. He's a high-upside prospect that has experience working in an offense that asked him to make tough throws.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/10)

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Detroit is loaded with draft capital and there is no need to force a quarterback if there isn't one they fully believe in. With that in mind, Detroit's philosophy should simply be to add good football players and not be married to needs, especially this high in the draft.

With that said, Aidan Hutchinson is the perfect marriage of a blue-chip prospect at a premium position of need. The Michigan roots are the icing on the cake for a guy with the potential to be a game-wrecker in the NFL.

27. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Even with the emergence of Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Lions are in need of more wide receiver help and Treylon Burks is a terrific option.

A multifaceted playmaker, Burks thrives on glance routes and vertical routes but can also take handoffs and win after the catch. He would add more dimensions to a developing Lions offense.

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Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cleveland Browns from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns, check out our Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Database.

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

CBS Sports - Edwards (11/25)

17. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Cleveland has invested a lot of money into the offensive guards and tackles. Center is one position where they could save towards the salary cap and upgrade. J.C. Tretter has been solid this year but Linderbaum would thrive in a wide zone scheme.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (11/24)

17. DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M

Leal is an athletic 6-foot-4, 290 pounder, whose quick, balanced feet enhance his ability to hold his base and shift weight when battling at the line of scrimmage. Leal can operate effectively from various defensive alignments, regardless of whether he is positioned inside (3-technique), or along the edge of the line (5-technique). Cleveland may lose some talented defensive linemen due to free agency and Leal's ability to play along the defensive front would make him invaluable for a frugal franchise.

NBC Sports Philly - Roche (11/23)

17. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The Dawg Pound get a true Dawg to root for in Jordan Davis. He could have declared after the 2020 season, but stuck around for a shot at a national title. Davis is a physical monster (6-6, 340) who commands double teams on virtually every snap.

The Draft Network - Sanchez (11/22)

17. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

The Baker Mayfield project is stalling out and I have a feeling that if the Cleveland Browns don't get it turned around that Odell Beckham Jr. won't be the only departure. The Browns have a talented roster but need more out of their QB. With this pick, I believe they draft a QB. Desmond Ridder's athleticism will be intriguing for Kevin Stefanski in his run-heavy offense. Plus, Ridder has proven to be a flat-out winner.

PFF - Treash (11/22)

17. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Like his teammate Garrett Wilson, Olave is a seasoned route-runner. He's been getting open at one of the highest rates in college football since he stepped into a major role as a sophomore in 2019. Olave's 49 receptions over 10 yards downfield with at least two steps of separation since 2019 are the most in the Power Five by 11 (Wilson is No. 2, for what it's worth). Olave's wheels have led to 19 deep touchdowns over the last three years -- the most in the Power Five by five.

ESPN - Reid (11/17)

20. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Odell Beckham Jr. is gone, and the Browns have several important decisions to make in the receiver room this offseason, which means they could look to the position with their pick. Wilson, who reminds me of Stefon Diggs, is my WR1 in this class. He has strong hands, shows off unique body control and is a creative route runner with a high-level understanding of how to get open. With general manager Andrew Berry showing that he values age -- Wilson will be 21 when he's drafted -- and production, Wilson checks many of the boxes Cleveland looks for in prospects.

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