On Thursday night, Lions general manager Bob Quinn will have his first opportunity to run an NFL Draft. It just so happens to be a draft that could be the most important in Detroit Lions team history. We have compiled what we believe will be the ‘Perfect’ NFL Draft outcome for the Lions, all seven rounds, and all 10 picks. Now we just have to get Quinn to read this!
So far, Quinn has used free agency to add depth to the Lions roster, which makes the draft that much more important. The Lions have numerous holes both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and adding a few starters via the draft will be crucial to their success in 2016.
With 10 picks, things could get very interesting as the NFL Draft begins to unfold for the Lions. Will they trade up to get their guy? Will they trade down to acquire even more draft picks? Time will tell, but you can count on something happening by the time all is said and done.
Lions fans, we give to you our Final volume of the Detroit Lions Perfect 2016 NFL Draft: Every pick revealed.
10. Round 1 (16th overall) – Kevin Dodd (DE) – Clemson
Unfortunately, Bob Quinn failed to address the offensive line in free agency and now the Lions are in a bind. By the time they are on the clock at No. 16, it is likely that the top OT’s will already be off the board and Quinn will either have to trade up, roll the dice on either Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker (neither whom can fill the LT need), or look at drafting another position.
Assuming the Lions do not trade up, they should take the best defensive end still available and that will be Kevin Dodd out of Clemson. Many experts rank Dodd’s teammate, Shaq Lawson ahead of him, but I feel that Dodd will be the better pro. If the Lions are able to add a top notch DE in the first round, quarterbacks around the league will be put on high alert. Just imagine Ziggy Ansah on one side and Kevin Dodd on the other!