According to Chris Burke of The Athletic, former University of Michigan running back Karan Higdon said he has a meeting set up with the Detroit Lions and that he will be at their local pro day.
Karan Higdon said he has an upcoming meeting set with the Lions and he’ll be at the team’s local pro day.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) March 15, 2019
I absolutely LOVE Higdon and believe he would be a great complement to Kerryon Johnson in the Lions’ backfield. Don’t be surprised if Lions’ GM Bob Quinn pulls the trigger and selects Higdon on Day 3.
Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 2
Round 3, Pick 25 (88 overall) — From Philadelphia
Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State
The Lions currently have Darius Slay locking down one side of the field but after that, there is not much to call home about. Adding another formidable CB to the mix could work wonders for a Lions defense that absolutely must improve in 2019.
Enter Justin Layne out of Michigan State. Layne is long and he has the physical attributes to be a solid NFL cornerback. I honestly would not be surprised at all to see Layne move up into the second round, but if he slides to the third, the Lions should be all over him.
From Cover 1:
- Physical press corner who wins with aggressiveness
- Long arms instantly stand out when watching him on film
- Great ability to come up and help in run support. Has no issues sticking his nose into contact
- Has ideal ball skills and wins with length
- Jumps routes early and often with fluid footwork
- Can pattern match and get in the hip pocket of receivers that aren’t true speedsters
- Shows ideal flexibility when changing direction but still stiff in the hips
- Hip fluidity will be his biggest question mark when turning upfield
- Long speed has been an issue; struggled against true speedsters
- Tends to get too grabby downfield, especially in the red zone
Round 4, Pick 8 (111 overall)
Andy Isabella (WR) UMass
I have been all over Andy Isabella since Senior Bowl week started and the rest of the nation has hopped on the bandwagon. One of Bob Quinn’s biggest jobs this offseason will be to replace Golden Tate and Isabella is the man for the job. Not only his he extremely fast but he runs efficient routes that allow him to get the separation he needs. There is no doubt in my mind that Isabella would be the perfect weapon for Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense. The only problem is that rather than waiting until the 5th Round, the Lions will likely have to take him in the fourth since the hype is high.
At the NFL Combine, Isabella showed that he has elite speed as he turned in a 4.31 40-yard dash time.
From The Draft Network:
Andy Isabella is a player who has a much more prominent pathway to NFL success after the rule changes in recent seasons. A diminutive, non-physical player, Isabella wins with quickness and thrives in space. His best role would be as a slot/depth option on a team that looks to space the field and isolate their athletes one on one. Passing systems like the ones in KC and SF come to mind as specific favorable fits.
Round 5, Pick 8 (146 overall)
Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan
In 2018, the Lions used a 2nd round pick on Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson and other than a late-season injury, the move panned out beautifully. That being said, Lions GM Bob Quinn believes in keeping his RBs fresh and you can bet he will look at adding one in the draft.
Karan Higdon out of Michigan would be a beautiful addition to the Lions if he is available in the 5th round. He absolutely killed it at the NFL Scouting Combine and he has what it takes to have a nice NFL career.
From The Draft Network:
Karan Higdon will bring explosiveness to an NFL backfield. He projects most favorably to a gap/power rushing offense, as many of his chunk plays at the college level came behind such concepts. Higdon shows some nice patience pressing through the LOS and his second level acceleration will enable him to create gashes in the defense, but only if and when his line is able to create consistent creases and holes up front. Won’t grind for yards by himself.
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