Last week’s draft round of drills featured top pass receivers and Micah Parsons, but for the first time since January any quarterback connected to the Detroit Lions was lost. With recent trades at the top of the draft, this may be a continuing trend, but they haven’t quite disappeared this week.
Instead, he’s a different mock draft regular who nearly missed the roster this week. Let’s take a look at who was screened for the Lions over the past week.
Currently teasing Doug Farrar (Landing cable)
Farrar’s drill was filled with chaotic changes at the top of the draft, including Deshaun Watson with the Jets and Russell Wilson with the Dolphins, resulting in Fields and Trey Lance (North Dakota state) being available at the No. 7 when the Lions were on the clock. Obviously this drill is moot after the actual exchanges that happened yesterday, but that’s part of the fun of these exercises.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
He is currently teasing Joe Marino (The network project), Michael Renner (PFF), Josh Edwards (CBS Sports), Kyle Yates (Fantasy Pros), Mateo Valdovinos (Pro Football Network), Jason Pruett (NFL Draft Plex), Glynn Morgan (NBC Sports Chicago), Score staff
Marino: “Detroit is renovating its spacious reception room and there is still a lot of room to go. Chase is a bully in position playing a physical brand of soccer, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an excellent road runner who can break away. He has exceptional ball skills and can make plays at all levels of the field. He is the number one wide receiver the Lions offense lacks that the passing game can be channeled through. “
Renner: “Given Dan Campbell’s press conferences, you might think that they will only select linebackers and backs this year, but general manager Brad Holmes has already shown that he knows where the game is won. Forget the “pioneers,” Chase has a valuable position and is too special a talent to pass up here. “
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
He is currently teasing Luke Easterling (Pull wire), Bucky Brooks (NFL.com), Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News), Jon Ledyard (The Pewter report), Bryan Fischer (Athlon Sports), Scott Smith (Buccaneers.com), Clarence Hill Jr. (The Star-Telegram), Tim Bielik (Cleveland.com) Randy Gurzi (NFL turning zone), Ian Fitz (NFL Draft Buzz), Draft Tek, Tankathon
Brooks: “The loss of Kenny Golladay makes finding a No. 1 receiver a priority. Waddle breaks the game with speed and explosiveness to create great plays in the passing game. “
Iyer: “Waddle is a highly skilled and versatile natural pass receiver. It can execute all routes at a high level, from flashing like a deep threat to finishing well in the red zone. The Lions need to recondition at wide receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola not renewed. The former Jet Breshad Perriman for the outside is not enough. This is the number one option they need for new quarterback Jared Goff as Waddle can play well with the receiving skills of running back D’Andre Swift and tight end TJ Hockenson.
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
He is currently teasing Mel Kiper (ESPN), Kyle Crabs * (The network project), Kristopher Knox (Bleach report), Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports), Tom Fornelli * (CBS Sports), Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports), Dalton Miller (Pro Football Network), Ryan Gosling (Pro Football Network) * denotes trade
Kiper: “The Lions’ projected starters as a wide receiver? New signings Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. There’s not much else behind them, with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. both signing elsewhere. I’d say this pick will probably go to the best wide receiver on the board, and Smith would be a great pick. The Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t have the largest body (6ft 1, 175lbs), but you shouldn’t underestimate him. He is one of the best road runners I have seen and he beats any corner in front of him. Detroit is clearly rebuilding itself, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it shrinks for more draft capital. “
Kyle Pitts, Great Ability, Florida
He is currently teasing Dave Birkett (Free Press)
Birkett’s reasoning is behind a paywall.
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
He is currently mocking Albert Breer (YES: MMQB)
Breer’s reasoning is behind a paywall.
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
He is currently teasing Jason Lieser (Chicago Sun-Times)
Lieser: “Parsons’ uncommon speed and versatility is reminiscent of Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith.”
Despite putting on a show on his pro day and mentioning that he has had contact with the Lions “a couple of times” this offseason, surprisingly, only one writing sim paired him with the Lions this week.