2018 Detroit Lions 7-Round Mock Draft

Today is the biggest day of the year for Lions fans. Pretty much our Super Bowl. It’s NFL Draft time! Time for all of us Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid drinkers to start overreacting to the top three picks because they weren’t the players we thought the Lions should have drafted. So, to show the Lions what they should do during the 2018 NFL Draft, I’ve put together my full 7-round Detroit Lions 2018 mock draft.

Bob Quinn has his coach in Matt Patricia and the “Patriot Way” is the full blown plan in the Motor City. So, like Bill Belichick always likes to do, I have the Lions making multiple trades in the draft to give Quinn a chance to add even more depth on the roster.

My 2018 First Round NFL Mock Draft.

So, without further adieu, here’s my 2018 Detroit Lions 7-Round Mock Draft:

Trades

  • Detroit trades #20 (1st) to New Orleans for #27 (1st), #91 (3rd), #147 (5th) & #164 (5th)
    • Trade Value: 850 – 873.6
  • Detroit trades #117 (4th) to Green Bay for #133 (4th) & #174 (5th) 
    • Trade Value: 60 – 60.4

Draft

1st Round, 27th Overall (via JAX): Harold Landry, DE/OLB Boston College 

If the Lions stay at 20, all signs point to Da’Ron Payne out of Alabama. However, in this mock draft, Detroit moves back to let New Orleans to move up to take Lamar Jackson. This gives Bob Quinn more ammo in this draft and the chance to still get a top target on their board. Though there’s a real chance he’d be gone before 27, if Harold Landry is still available, it should be an easy choice for the Lions. He’s an athletic pass rusher that has the speed to be a disruptive force off the edge. That versatility and his familiarity with Detroit defensive coordinator, Paul Pasqualoni, makes him an easy choice in the first round.

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 252lbs
  • Class: Senior
  • NFL.com Projection (Grade): 1st Round (6.15)
  • CBS Sports Projection: #52 overall, #5 DE
  • Other Options:
    • Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
    • Justin Reid, S, Stanford
    • Lorenzo Carter, DE/OLB, Georgia 

2nd Round, 51st Overall: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State 

It’s no secret that the Lions are badly in need of a running back early on in this draft. With three backs going in the first round in this mock and a couple going early on in this 2nd round, Detroit doesn’t take a chance and selects the NCAA rushing leader, Rashaad Penny. Even though he puts on a show in every game he plays in, including the Senior Bowl, the San Diego State standout isn’t very high on analysts’ draft boards. But his tough, home run hitting running style, special teams ability, and added special teams ability could make him a perfect fit for current running back depth chart. Add in him leading the draft class in broken tackles and I think he could also be a fan favorite in the Motor City.

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 220lbs
  • Class: Senior
  • NFL.com Grade/Projection: 2nd Round (5.85)
  • CBS Sports Projection: #123 overall, #11 RB
  • Other Options:
    • Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
    • Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
    • Ronald Jones, RB, USC

3rd Round, 82nd Overall: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma 

While I don’t believe tight end is as dire of a need as some for the Lions, if Mark Andrews is still there at 82, I don’t think they can pass on him. Baker Mayfield’s favorite target would quickly become Matthew Stafford’s. He’s a former top 150 wide receiver recruit that bulked up and turned into a tight end. And it was a great call because even though he’s not much of a block, he’s a mismatch nightmare with his mix of size, athleticism and route running ability. This spot could also go to Maurice Hurst, if he does indeed fall like plenty have reported.

  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 256lbs
  • Class: Senior
  • NFL.com Grade/Projection: 3rd-4th Round (5.71)
  • CBS Sports Projection: #73 overall, #3 TE
  • Other Option:
    • Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
    • Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
    • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

3rd Round, 91st Overall (from NO): Tim Settle, NT, Virginia Tech 

Bob Quinn went out and signed Sylvester Williams to help replace Haloti Ngata but the interior of the defensive line could use more help. There aren’t many nose tackles in this draft that are more talented than Tim Settle but he’s expected to be available in the middle rounds. There are questions about if he can maintain his weight but even if becomes a two-down tackle, I think he’d be well worth a mid-round pick. If he develops, he could be Matt Patricia’s new Vince Wilfork.

  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 335lbs
  • Class: RS Junior
  • NFL.com Grade/Projection: Round 2-3 (5.86)
  • CBS Sports Projection: #57 overall, #6 DT
  • Other Options:
    • Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
    • Braden Smith, OG, Auburn 
    • Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State

4th Round, 133rd Overall (from GB): Kyzir White, FS, West Virginia 

The Lions have been scouting a lot of safeties in this draft class and look likely to take one this weekend. There are several different options throughout the draft could be good fits in Detroit but Kyzir White is a guy I think would be great value on day three. He’s a big hitter that can cover on the outside, if needed. With Glover Quinn in place, he could learn from one of the best in the league as he battles Tavon Wilson, Quandre Diggs and Miles Killebrew for playing time.

5th Round, 147th Overall (from NO): Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson

Three of the Lions first ever free agent signings of Matt Patricia’s tenure were linebackers. A goal of the off-season was to improve the linebacking core and Bob Quinn did that with Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, and Jonathan Freeny. But it looks likely that Quinn adds another name to the mix in the draft. The guy who I’ve thought was a great fit for quite sometime has been Dorian O’Daniel. He’s a productive lineabacker that just makes plays. Add in him being a standout on special teams and he could be exactly what Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia are looking for in this draft.

5th Round, 153rd Overall: Mason Cole, OL, Michigan

Some may call this a homer pick but the Lions need to get some offensive line help in this draft and after passing on it through six picks prior to this, there aren’t many better options in terms of talent or fit than Mason Cole. The ability to play just about any spot on the offensive line in a pinch is something the Lions could use after having 22 different offensive line combinations in 2017. With a glaring hole at center/right guard, Cole could be a good fit.

5th Round, 164th Overall (from NO): Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia

Remember Andrew Brown? He was the five star #12 overall player in the 2014 class. He flashed that talent and elite potential at times during his time at Virginia but he never was able to put it all together. But that potential is still there and he could be a good fit as a defensive in three-man fronts. If he’s still available this late, taking a chance on the former Gatorade National Player of the Year wouldn’t be a bad idea.

5th Round, 174th overall (from GB): Matt Gono, OG, Wesley 

Most people won’t know who Matthew Gono is but the Lions sure do as Matt Patricia and the scouting team has done extensive research on the dominant lineman. Gono is an intriguing prospect out of Division III, Wesley, in Delaware. He has all of the physical traits to be a good NFL guard but the competition level is obviously going to be a gigantic jump. But at this point in the draft, he’s a good developmental pick.

  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 305lbs
  • Class: Senior
  • NFL.com Grade/Projection: 6th-7th Rounds (5.19)
  • CBS Sports Projection: NR
  • Other Option:
    • Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
    • Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona

7th Round, 237th overall: Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (FL)

With the last pick of the year for the Lions, I have them taking another guy that looks like he was built to play for the Patriots. Braxton Berrios is a playmaking slot receiver that could fight Jace Billingsley for that final receiver spot and another special teams option for the staff to utilize.

So, there’s my 2018 Detroit Lions 7-Round Mock Draft. What do you think? What does your Lions mock draft look like? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Garrett Fishaw

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