Full Lions Draft Results With Undrafted Free Agents
The draft has officially passed, adding fresh faces to the league. The Lions selected nine players in the draft and signed 15 undrafted free agents.
Round 1: LB Jarrad Davis (Florida)
Bob Quinn must be applauded for identifying the biggest hole on his roster. Linebacker needed a desperate upgrade, and Davis does just that. The former Gator checks all the boxes for a first-round selection. He should start immediately, adding some juice to this front seven. They passed on coveted prospect Reuben Foster to select Davis, which was curious. However, Davis does not possess any concerns off the field or in the locker room, so he presents a high character player with an upside equal to Foster’s.
Round 2: CB Teez Tabor (Florida)
Picking Gators back to back, the Lions draft Tabor to upgrade their secondary. Tabor’s stock plummeted after a slew of slow run times, but his tape shows plenty of speed. The Florida cornerback should compete for a starting spot opposite Darius Slay.
Round 3: WR Kenny Golladay (Northern Illinois)
The Lions made the head-scratching selection of Golladay in the third round. The small school standout brings size to the table (6’4″, 218 lbs), an intriguing red zone option for Matthew Stafford.
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Round 4: LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee)
It’s refreshing to see Detroit double down on linebackers, especially so high in the draft. Reeves-Maybin has starter potential, if he can stay healthy.
Round 4: TE Michael Roberts (Toledo)
The Toledo standout cements Detroit’s depth chart at tight end. Eric Ebron will start; Darren Fells will block; Roberts will score. Remember when Joseph Fauria scored seven touchdowns in 2013? That should be Roberts every year.
Round 5: CB Jamal Agnew (San Diego)
It sounds like Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs cannot cut it. The Lions further their depth at corner with Agnew. The San Diego product might contribute immediately as a kick returner.
Round 6: DE Jeremiah Ledbetter (Arkansas)
The Lions wait until the sixth round to address their pass rush. They select a big man (6’3″, 280 lbs) from Arkansas to compete at defensive end. With the versatility to play outside or in on the defensive line, Ledbetter upgrades a shaky defensive line.
Round 6: QB Brad Kaaya (Miami)
Nice New England move there, Bob Quinn. Kaaya, discussed as a mid-round project quarterback, should serve as an excellent backup to Matthew Stafford.
Round 7: DE Pat O’Connor (Eastern Michigan)
Detroit drafts locally with their final pick in the 2017 draft. O’Connor might wind up on the practice squad once the season commences.
OL Storm Norton (Toledo)
WR Michael Rector (Stanford)
DE Alex Barrett (San Diego State)
OL Leo Koloamatangi (Hawaii)
WR Noel Thomas (UConn)
DT Maurice Swain Jr. (Auburn)
DB Des Lawrence (North Carolina)
WR/TE Robert Tonyan Jr. (Indiana State)
TE Brandon Barnes (Alabama State)
RB Tion Green (Cincinnati)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (UNLV)
CB Josh Thornton (Southern Utah)
DT Nick James (Mississippi State)
WR Dontez Ford (Pittsburgh)
WR De’Quan Hampton (USC)