Simulated 2017 Lions Draft: First Two Rounds
The draft looms nearer. The picture becomes clearer, yet equally more blurry. Speculation abounds, and while certain outcomes seem possible, there’s an air of unpredictability at this event each year. By using the Fanspeak tool, though, we can view an accurate (though far from perfect) simulation of the draft. Of course, the real deal has trades, surprising slides, and desperate reaches, impacting each team’s big board. In this simulation, the Lions bulk up their defense quickly, landing impact players in the first two rounds.
Round 1: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Detroit has its biggest hole at the linebacker position. But with Reuben Foster and Haason Reddick gone, they opt for the best defender available. Charles Harris can solidify their defensive line. The big man from Missouri could conceivably fall to the Lions at 21st overall, though his stock has steadily ascended this spring. Harris spent some time buried on the depth chart of a subpar team in a tough conference. When opportunity came knocking, he answered with 30.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in his junior and senior seasons. While his size (6’3″, 253 lbs) raises some concerns, he provides a finesse to complement Ziggy Ansah’s power. Hopefully he can contribute to a Lions squad with a meager 26 sacks in 2016.
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Round 2: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
A first-round talent should not fall this far. But hypothetically, in a draft loaded with talent at the cornerback position, a player of this caliber could be sitting at 53rd overall. White gives this secondary a dependable starter opposite of Darius Slay. While he may not have the upside of other cover corners in this draft, he has arguably the highest floor. His lack of turnovers (only six interceptions at Louisiana State) slightly hurts his stock, yet he may be one of the safest picks in the draft. An offensive option at this pick would be Penn State’s Chris Godwin, the wideout who recently visited with the team.
By selecting running mates for Ziggy Ansah and Darius Slay, the Lions would make big strides in improving a maligned defense.