Is it just me or does every year’s NFL draft feel like the most important draft ever for the Detroit Lions? Sure does seem that way. After all, expectations have floated rather high for much of the current decade. The team has gone back and forth between seasons of clear improvement (including two playoff berths) to seasons where we drink all the Lions kool-aid possible in the off-season and it ends up being spiked with rat poison.
So, here we are. The 2016 off-season and coming up soon is the NFL draft. A draft that new Lions general manager Bob Quinn must ace if the team is going to make our inevitable decision to once again drink the cold, blue stuff – a good one. Thus, (in the author’s opinion alone) I present how a perfect NFL draft for the Detroit Lions could end up looking like.
[tps_title]Round 1, Pick 16: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss[/tps_title]
If the Lions do the unthinkable and select Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with their first round selection, it would be the equivalent in value as a top-5 pick. That’s how great of an NFL player I believe Nkemdiche will be. He has Suh-ish natural talent.
Now, to argue the doubters quick. His two red flags seem to be his college statistical production and his character. Stats are a smoke screen in college. He was double-teamed (triple at times) often and when he wasn’t he was virtually unblockable. I watched him dominate the Alabama offensive line. His character is more concerning but with the talent he brings, I’m sure the leaders of the veteran-clad Lions defense will keep his mind right. With the current rookie pay scale, he knows he’s not getting paid-PAID until he shows he deserves it. Heck, at this point my only worry is that he doesn’t make it to the Lions’ pick.