As we now know, Davis never panned out with the Lions and he eventually left town for greener pastures, or so he thought.
Well, now Davis is back with the Lions and he is currently fighting for his roster life as the training camp cuts have begun.
Detroit Lions land Pro Bowl RB in 2017 NFL re-draft
So, who should the Detroit Lions select with the No. 21 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft?
Well, Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report recently answered that question as he released his 2017 NFL re-draft.
As you can see below, Davenport thinks the Lions would select RB Joe Mixon with the No. 21 pick.
From Bleacher Report:
The Pick Then: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Pick Now: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
The 2017 Detroit Lions weren't a bad team—they won nine games that year and finished in second place in the NFC North. But one thing the team did not do well is run the football—Detroit averaged a measly 76.3 yards per game on the ground.
No team averaged less. So instead of drafting an average linebacker in Jarrad Davis (who was out after four seasons in Motown), the Lions are snagging some of the impact backfield talent available.
Joe Mixon hasn't gotten the run he deserves as one of the NFL's better running backs over his first five seasons—in part because many of those seasons were spent on bad teams. But after he posted a career-high 1,205 rushing yards in Cincinnati's march to Super Bowl LVI last year, people are taking notice of the 6'1″, 220-pounder.
There's not much that Mixon can't do at a high level—he has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards three times in five years, has averaged almost 35 receptions a season and found the end zone a whopping 16 times during his Pro Bowl season last year.
Nation, who would you have the Detroit Lions select in a 2021 NFL re-draft?