Sunday, November 28, 2021

Detroit Lions 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

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 - Edwards (11/25)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Detroit adds an Oregon star for the second consecutive year. Romeo Okwara and Thibodeaux is an exciting pairing in the Motor City.

24. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Detroit simply needs to upgrade the talent at wide receiver and Olave is the best option to pair with Amon-Ra St. Brown. He is a polished route runner with sure hands.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (11/24)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Using exceptional acceleration and balance, Thibodeaux attacks in a variety of ways that keeps offenses guessing. His flexibility allows him to bend and out leverage blockers across the line of scrimmage, while disrupting offensive backfields with regularity. An incredible athlete with length and good functional strength, his abilities could immediately improve a lack luster Lions' pass rush. After ten games, Detroit is allowing 27.3 points per game (30th in NFL) and is in desperate need of a game changing defensive player like Thibodeaux.

24. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Lions have a unique opportunity to draft franchise changing players at two key positions. By possibly using their first pick on an elite pass rusher (Kayvon Thibodeaux), the Lions could use their other first round pick on quarterback, Malik Willis, a dual-threat talent with massive upside. Earlier in the year, Willis was touted as this draft class' most dynamic quarterback and for several weeks he played well. However, a step up in competition led to three losses in his last five games and questionable accuracy concerns. Despite his recent hiccups, Willis' athleticism and cannon arm still make him an attractive commodity for a struggling team like Detroit.

NBC Sports Philly - Roche (11/23)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

No sure-fire QB in this draft class, so Detroit goes chalk, taking the most gifted pass rusher on the board.

24. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Jared Goff is not the answer in Detroit, at least not yet. Maybe a little competition will wake him up. Either way, the Lions take Howell as a look to the future, whether that's 2022 or beyond.

The Draft Network - Sanchez (11/22)

1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

No other player has seen a bigger rise in draft stock than Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson has put together a dominant season with a skill set that is very reminiscent of the Bosa brothers. The Detroit Lions are void of an identity on offense or defense, and Hutchinson's playstyle will help form that tough, hard-nosed identity that head coach Dan Campbell is trying to mold. With this pick, the Lions keep the Michigan man in Michigan in hopes that he will be a foundational piece of a culture change in Detroit.

27. Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

The offensive success that the Lions have had is through running the football. Ikem Ekwonu is an athletic offensive lineman that loves to finish run blocks. This addition will at least allow the Lions to effectively run the football next year.

PFF - Treash (11/22)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Thibodeaux is Michelangelo's David of pass-rushers. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound edge defender has every trait NFL teams want on the edge at the next level. From a collegiate production standpoint, Thibodeaux has grown immensely this season after earning an 80.9 pass-rush grade as an underclassman. He's showing some refinement within his rushes, as he no longer relies on tools alone. The Oregon Duck has earned a 90.8 pass-rush grade in 2021 despite missing a couple of games early in the season due to injury. Heck, opposing teams have started to scheme away from Thibodeaux to take him out of the game completely -- just like we saw with Chase Young a couple of years ago.

27. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Burks has been a big-play threat over the last couple of years thanks to his size, physicality and speed. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound wide receiver has averaged 9.3 yards after the catch per reception and broken 23 tackles on 108 receptions since 2020. He's hauled in all 19 of his catchable vertical route targets in that span for 697 yards and nine touchdowns.

ESPN - Reid (11/17)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

In full rebuild mode, the Lions are at the stage in which the emphasis should be on stockpiling the most talent. With no clear QB1 candidate emerging during the college football season and with an out in current quarterback Jared Goff's contract after the 2022 season, first-year general manager Brad Holmes could take the Browns' approach from the 2017 draft (Myles Garrett) and pick the best overall prospect. Thibodeaux has lived up to the hype (six sacks in eight games) and positioned himself to be the No. 1 pick in April.

26. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

The Lions got a star edge rusher with their first pick, and now they can get a starter on the other side of the ball. They are in desperate need of playmakers on the perimeter, and Burks can step in and play a vital role for a roster starved of talent. Burks has 51 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and he has done most of his damage out of the slot. At 6-foot-3, however, he could also play outside.

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