We are roughly 10 hours away from the start of the 2022 NFL Draft and Detroit Lions fans are on pins and needles as they patiently await who the Lions will select with the No. 2 overall pick.
On Thursday morning, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, who just so happens to be the most-connected Lions beat writer, released this final 2022 NFL Mock Draft, thus revealing who he believes the Lions will select with the No. 2 overall pick.
With the No. 1 overall pick, Birkett believes the Jacksonville Jaguars will select Travon Walker out of Georgia, leaving Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) to the Lions, if that is the direction they decide to go.
With the No. 2 pick, Birkett has the Lions going with the hometown boy, Aidan Hutchinson.
Then, with the No. 32 overall pick, Birkett has the Lions hitting the jackpot a second time as they land LB Nakobe Dean out of Georgia.
The Lions seem poised to take a pass rusher here, with Hutchinson being the slight favorite over Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jermaine Johnson II.
Nation, who do you believe the Lions will select with the No. 2 overall pick?
NFL Draft: 10 Rookies Who Can Make an Immediate Fantasy Football Splash
I’m not sure about you, but all the talk I hear about this draft is that there’s no “star power.”
Sure, last year’s NFL Draft had five first-round quarterbacks, but the five combined for exactly zero playoff wins and zero division titles. We love big-name rookie quarterbacks on draft night, but they’re rarely the first-year players who impact winning.
If you’re a fantasy football fan, you should hold this opinion — this draft is absolutely stellar. Several impact college position players will transition to the NFL, and some are coming off absurd, do-it-all efforts on college teams that weren’t very good overall.
There’s not a standout stud like Ja’Marr Chase, but I have 10 guys — five wide receivers, two tight ends, and three running backs — who I’ve had my eye on due to their insane production in college football daily fantasy last season. A few of them are getting slept on while others are well-known commodities.
Let’s break them down.