As we march toward the 2022 regular season, very few believe the Lions will be selecting that high again in 2023 as most seem to think they will at least double their win total from a year ago when they only won three games.
In his latest “Way Too Early” 2023 NFL mock draft”, Mark Schofield has the Lions selecting at No. 3 and at No. 30 (Via Los Angeles Rams.
With the No. 3 pick, Schofield has the Lions selecting their quarterback of the future and at No. 30, he has them selecting a cornerback who I believe could be a stud in the NFL.
Here is what Schofield has to say about the Lions landing Bryce Young and Clark Phillips III.
No. 3 Detroit Lions: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
The Detroit Lions elected not to address quarterback in the 2022 NFL draft, adding premium talent on defense with Aidan Hutchinson, and at wide receiver with Jameson Williams, in the first round. But if they are picking third-overall next year, quarterback is going to be a priority.
Bryce Young rode a productive season to the Heisman Trophy a season ago, and is back for his second year in the Alabama offense. There will be questions about his size and his frame, but his production, ball placement and ability to work from the pocket were strengths during the 2021 season, and could even improve in the year ahead.
No. 30 Detroit Lions (via the Los Angeles Rams): Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Depending on how he fares this year — or even if the Lions want to add around him should Okudah live up to his pre-draft expectation — cornerback could be in play for Detroit with this pick received from the Los Angeles Rams.
Clark Phillips III has been a mainstay for the Utah secondary since setting foot on campus back in 2020. He started all five games for the Utes that season as a true freshman, recording 25 total tackles, a pair of pass breakups and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown against Washington State. He started all 14 games for Utah last season, recording 63 total tackles which led Utah defensive backs. He recorded 13 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, and he led the Pac-12 with 15 passes defended (13 breakups and the two interceptions). He was named a Second-Team All-Pac-12 player by both the coaches and the Associated Press at the end of the season.
Nation, if the Lions are selecting this high in the 2023 NFL Draft, would you be happy if they selected Bryce Young?