With the second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select…
We will soon be able to complete that phrase as the 2022 NFL Draft is just 17 days away!
In a mock draft recently released by Brad Crawford of 247Sports, the Lions strike gold (and a quarterback) in the opening round.
As you can see below, Crawford has the Lions selecting Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick and QB Kenny Pickett with the No. 32 overall pick in the first round.
Here is what Crawford has to say about Hutchinson and Pickett.
2. Detroit: AIDAN HUTCHINSON, DE, MICHIGAN
Aidan Hutchinson’s not going to last beyond pick No. 3, and likely goes to the Jaguars at No. 1. The Detroit Lions would love for the Big Ten’s most-talented prospect to be available in that second spot. The Lions could use a difference-maker at the line of scrimmage and Hutchinson appears to be a defensive juggernaut with low-bust potential given his snap-to-snap dominance over the past few seasons with the Wolverines. Hutchinson will not be the only Michigan product on defense to go on Day 1 and could be joined by David Ojabo or Daxton Hill. If the Jaguars are looking pass rusher, Hutchinson is the guy.
32. Detroit: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
Despite achieving All-American status at Georgia last season, Dean’s had to answer questions about his size heading into the draft. Dean joined the Pick Six Podcast recently and was asked about his height and that now becoming a motivating factor for him.
“For me, it’s no concern at all,” Dean said. “I feel like everybody is gonna blow it out of proportion just because it is what it is, but I’ve been hearing it my whole life ever since I started getting recruited. In high school, I was hearing it. I remember my coach called me the other day. I wasn’t into the stars and all that. I wasn’t that type of person. He called me the other day and was reminding me because he kind of got a little irritated with people talking about they don’t know how successful I’ll be because of my size. … I’ve been hearing it my whole life. For me, it’s no problem. I’m gonna take it in stride. It does nothing but make the chip on my shoulder I play with bigger and bigger.”
Nation, would you be happy if the Lions grab Hutchinson and Pickett in the first round?