Lions’ draft picks appear brimming with athleticism

The 2018 NFL draft is finally in the rear view and we no longer have to look at who the Detroit Lions may select, instead concentrating on who they selected. As this is head coach Matt Patricia’s first draft, we can safely assume the players are going to be fits for his coaching schemes.
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Each ranging from very good to great athletically, each of the Lions’ picks seem cobbled together from historically great players.

One area that wasn’t talked about much are his incredibly long arms. At 33.5 inches, Walker is one of only 16 safeties since 2010 to have arms 33 inches or longer. It’s a small group, but it includes All-Pro Kam Chancellor, Pro Bowler Eric Reid, and quality starters such as Jamal Adams and George Iloka. Of that long-limbed group of defensive backs, Walker is the fastest.

Fourth-rounder Da’Shawn Hand was one of the Lions’ more athletic selections, registering a RAS of 8.90 out of 10. Now it’s up to his former position coach, Bo Davis, who currently holds the same role in Detroit, to tap that immense potential.

To be eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft, Lawrence would have to declare early, following his junior season at Clemson.

Lawrence 鈥?is a highly-skilled, big-bodied disruptive force on the interior, McShay says.

McShay has Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary going third to the New York Giants. Gary, too, would have to declare after his third college season.

Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is not in McShay’s mock draft. In 2019 mock drafts published last week by SB Nation and CBS Sports, Patterson was listed as the No. 22 pick by the Chargers and the No. 24 selection by the Jaguars, respectively.

Limited Kids Wayne Gallman Jersey There was reasonable speculation the Lions would draft a tight end in the first three rounds, but the board didn’t fall that way. The top three prospects in the class 鈥?Hayden Hurst, Mike Gesicki and Dallas Goedert 鈥?were all taken in the top 50, while the Lions addressed other needs.
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By the time the Lions were back on the clock in the third round, the best available options were UCF’s Jordan Akins Noah Syndergaard Youth jersey and Indiana’s Ian Thomas. And as concerning as Detroit’s current collective of tight ends looks on paper, it’s difficult to suggest Akins or Thomas could have beat out the trio projected to make the team’s regular season roster.

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