The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Lions:
ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)
2. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
32. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
2. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
The Lions currently have Jared Goff, but it's time they upgrade the position and take a shot at a quarterback that has playmaking ability. Last year, Lions fans watched their former QB Matthew Stafford leave and win a Super Bowl in his first year, so they have to find their next guy and re-energize this fan base for the future.
32. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Lloyd is an extremely instinctual player who plays well against the run well, can drop in zone coverage to intercept the ball, and also rush the passer on third downs. He's a truly versatile linebacker.
NFL.com - Lance Zierlein (4/12)
32. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)
2. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
32. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)
He boasts all the tools NFL teams desire on the edge and showed improvement throughout his college career. If he can continue on that path of refinement, he can reach NFL All-Pro status.
32. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
The former Baylor Bear didn't allow a single touchdown in the slot while producing the second-most passing stops (20) and 11 combined plays on the ball. Pitre was also a stout run defender and an excellent pass-rusher, whether in the slot or on the occasions he moved closer to the ball at outside linebacker. He posted a 92.7 run-defense and 83.6 pass-rush grade in 2021.
Pitre has the skill set to be a more versatile player in the league than he was at Baylor, but at a minimum, he should be a strong slot defender. He has the physical instinct, quickness and processing ability to do so.
ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)
2. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
There's no guarantee that the franchise can position itself next year to be in contention for a top 2023 signal-caller. This is an ideal situation for Willis, as the team is set to have plenty of draft capital to continue to build the roster in the future.
32. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Dean would provide an instant vocal leader on a defense that lacks that quality right now. His physicality and infectious energy make him the exact type of player general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell want to continue to build this roster.
CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)
32. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
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