Rumors are flying around everywhere about who will be available when the Lions are on the clock with the No. 2 overall pick but in my Detroit Lions ‘Perfect' 2022 Mock Draft, they will not have the No. 2 overall pick.
As you can see below, my opinion is that it would be ideal if the Lions trade the No. 2 pick to a team like the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for more draft capital.
Though there are a few teams who could potentially trade up to No. 2, I used the Falcons for this exercise.
Lions give No. 2 overall pick to Atlanta Falcons
Lions get picks No. 8, No. 43, and No. 82 from Atlanta Falcons
Here is what I believe the Perfect 2022 NFL Draft would look like for the Lions following their trade with the Falcons.
I have Jermaine Johnson as the No. 3 ranked EDGE behind Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux and though he is a bit older (23) he would be a great fit with the Lions.
Essentially, the Lions would be getting Johnson (No. 8), CB Kaiir Elam (No. 43), and EDGE Drake Johnson (82) instead of staying at No. 2 and getting either Hutchinson or Walker.
*Note: I used The Draft Network's Mock Draft Simulator to conduct this mock draft.
Round 1 (No. 8 overall) – Jermaine Johnson (EDGE – Florida State)
Round 1 (No. 32 overall) – Lewis Cine (S – Georgia)
Round 2 (No. 34 overall) – Nakobe Dean (LB – Georgia)
Round 2 (No. 43 overall) – Kaiir Elam (CB – Florida)
Round 3 (No. 66 overall) – Trey McBride (TE – Colorado State)
Round 3 (No. 82 overall) – Drake Johnson (EDGE – USC)
Round 3 (No. 97 overall) – Alec Pierce (WR – Cincinnati)
Round 5 (No. 177 overall) – Hassan Haskins (RB – Michigan)
Round 6 (No. 181 overall) – Damone Clark (LB – LSU)
Round 6 (No. 217 overall) – Cade Mays (IOL – Tennessee)
Nation, how would you feel about this draft haul?