While I’m still on hiatus from the site and Michigan recruiting is in it’s annual spring sleepy period, I decided to throw together a full 7-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions. This year is a special one as the Lions hold two first round picks (#2 and #32) and could realistically draft Michigan’s top two prospects in DE Aidan Hutchinson and DB Dax Hill. But will they be available? Or would Lions’ GM Brad Holmes even go that route?
Here’s my one and only 2022 Detroit Lions full 7-round mock draft with trades:
1st Rd, 2nd Overall: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
Hutchinson went from what seemed like a lock to go 1st overall to Jacksonville to the Jaguars now potentially going with the magic beans and taking Georgia DE Travon Walker. If this happens, the Lions may be even more thrilled than they were last year when OT Penei Sewell slipped to 7th overall.
- NFL Grade: 6.8
- NextGen Stats: 95 Elite
- RAS Rating: 9.88
- Consensus Ranking: #1 overall
- Next Choice: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
2nd Rd, 32nd Overall: TRADED to Atlanta
In this mock, Atlanta passes on a quarterback at #8 overall but sees Desmond Ridder sitting there at the very end of the first round and can’t resist coming up to get him with that 5th year option. Other teams help drive up the price tag as Holmes gets the Falcons’ first 2nd round pick (43rd overall) and its second 3rd round pick (82nd overall) which it received from Indianapolis as part of the Matt Ryan trade.
- Value Chart:
- 32nd Overall (590pts)
- 43rd Overall (470pts) + 82nd Overall (180 pts) = 650pts
- Next Choice: Dax Hill, DB, Michigan
2nd Rd, 34th Overall: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
One of my favorite prospects in this draft class like he was one of my favorite prospects in the 2019 recruiting class, where he was one of Michigan’s top targets throughout the cycle. But now he gets his chance to come to the Great Lakes State by filling that safety role opposite Tracy Walker.
- NFL Grade: 6.26
- NextGen Stats: 74 Average
- RAS Rating: 9.92
- Consensus Ranking: 34th overall
- Next Choice: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
2nd Rd, 43rd Overall (from ATL): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Wide receiver is a big need in this draft for the Lions but I don’t see them reaching on someone in the first round. While I could see Holmes hold off until the 3rd round or beyond to take a receiver, the chance to add a well-rounded /high upside prospect like Watson is too much to pass up. The North Dakota State star reminds me a bit of Kenny Golladay.
- NFL Grade: 6.27
- NextGen Stats: 75 Good
- RAS Rating: 9.96
- Consensus Ranking: 49th Overall
- Next Choice: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
3rd Rd, 66th Overall: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
Every year there are a handful of guys who I just get a gut feeling about the Lions drafting. This year, Chenal is at the top of that list. Similar to Lewis Cine, his hard nosed style of play and level of athleticism makes me feel like Dan Campbell will be doing backflips to get him drafted. Feel like he could be longterm starter in the middle of this defense.
- NFL Grade: 6.14
- NextGen Stats: 82 Good
- RAS Rating: 9.99
- Consensus Ranking: 64th Overall
- Next Choice: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
3rd, 82nd Overall (from ATL): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
In today’s NFL, you need to be able to put up points and the Lions offense has some decent potential, if Jared Goff can be consistent. One way to help with that is to continue to load up the offensive weapons arsenal and another former Michigan recruiting target, Robinson, could be a perfect fit. This was a toss up between the dynamic Wildcat and Purdue’s WR David Bell, yet another former top Michigan recruiting target.
- NFL Grade: 6.17
- NextGen Stats: 81 Good
- RAS Rating: 7.36
- Consensus Ranking: 77th Overall
- Next Choice: David Bell, WR, Purdue
3rd, 97th Overall (Comp): Jelani Woods, TE, Virgina
Tight end is a sneaky need for this team. You’d think a franchise that normally drafts tight ends in the first round would be more stacked there but behind TJ Hockenson is not much. Woods is a guy who went from a late round-UDFA projection to shooting up draft boards as he posted elite elite testing numbers. He’s a bit of a project but learning from Hockenson, Dan Campbell, and the rest of the Lions coaching staff could be a great situation for him to reach his potential.
- NFL Grade: 6.18
- NextGen Stats: 74 Average
- RAS Rating: 10.0
- Consensus Ranking: 99th Overall
- Next Choice: Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
5th, 177th Overall (Comp): Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
I’m far from a Jared Goff-defender but with how questionable this quarterback class is, I don’t think there is a great need to take a guy high this year unless someone slips into the 2nd or 3rd rounds. Sam Howell in the mid-2nd to 3rd would be something I’d like but if they hold off and let Holmes work his mid-to-late round magic, I like the idea of taking a chance on Zappe on Day 3.
- NFL Grade: 5.67
- NextGen Stats: 71 Average
- RAS Rating: 5.97
- Consensus Ranking: 166th Overall
- Next Choice: Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
6th, 181st Overall: Cade Mays, OG, Tennessee
Guard is a position I could see them spending a much higher pick on than pretty much any mock I’ve seen has done. Day two is definitely a spot to watch if someone slips like Texas A&M’s OG Kenyon Green or Georgia’s OG Jamaree Salyer. But if they hold off, the former five-star prospect Mays could be quality value this late in the draft.
- NFL Grade: 5.95
- NextGen Stats: 66 Average
- RAS Rating: 7.56
- Consensus Ranking: 188th Overall
- Next Choice: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
6th, 217th Overall: Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M
Another player on my list of gut feeling guys who will end up in Detroit, Bell is a long, rangy safety that could provide some depth to the safety room and special teams. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Holmes double up on safeties in this draft as that is one of the weaker position groups on the roster.
- NFL Grade: 5.68
- NextGen Stats: 62 Below Average
- RAS Rating: 8.95
- Consensus Ranking: 191st Overall
- Next Choice: Andrew Stueber, OL, Michigan
Welp, there you have my 2022 Detroit Lions 7-round mock draft with trades. Let me know what you think in the comment section below or follow me on Twitter at @MGoFish.