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According to a report by Tom Pelissero and confirmed by Eric Schlitt of Lions Wire, the Detroit Lions will meet with the top-ranked EDGE rusher in the NFL Draft, Josh Allen.

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If Allen is still available when the Lions select at No. 8, there is a great chance they run to the podium and take him.

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Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ Mock Draft [March Madness Edition]

Free agency is well underway and the Detroit Lions have been one of the most active teams in the league. They have added an edge rusher (Trey Flowers), a tight end (Jesse James), and a nickel cornerback who could end up lining up on the outside (Justin Coleman).

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That being said, the Lions still have plenty of needs and the 2019 NFL Draft presents a golden opportunity for Bob Quinn to improve the roster.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what the Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Draft would look like.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

As we speak, the defensive line is one of the Detroit Lions’ biggest strengths. That being said, the more I watch film on Ed Oliver, the more I think he will be a perennial Pro Bowl player at the NFL level. If the Lions add Oliver at No. 8, they would have one of the best defensive lines in football.

NOTE: I am still counting on the Lions signing free agent linebacker Zach Brown!!! If they do not, LB could be the pick in Round 1. If that is the case, I would prefer the Lions trade back into the middle of the first round and take Devin Bush Jr.

From The Draft Network:

PROS: Ed Oliver is one of the most athletic interior defensive linemen I’ve ever scouted. Has movement skills and agility that are just off the charts. Makes plays away from his initial gap that are jaw-dropping. Range of a linebacker. First step to beat anyone. Explosive and sudden in all his movements, easily able to redirect and keep blockers off balance. Always plays low and leveraged, with elite pad level and hand placement to drive through opponents. Creates an insane push off the snap and typically re-sets the line of scrimmage. Power to bull rush and the quickness to win the edge. Excellent bend to turn tight corners to the quarterback. Can backdoor gaps and still make plays. Incredible motor and will chase down plays from everywhere. Never takes a play off. Gets in on stops other defensive tackles couldn’t dream of being a part of.

CONS: Cheats his assignment at times. Gets upfield in a hurry and can sometimes widen his gap as a result. Doesn’t have great length and will get chest-to-chest with opponents at times. Repertoire of moves could be deeper. Wins more with athletic ability and raw power than refined hand usage. Will spin to get off blocks at times, turning his back to the line of scrimmage. Rumors are he plays at sub-280, which could concern teams projecting him out against better/bigger competition.

To read the rest of the mock draft, please click on the link below.

https://detroitsportsnation.comfull-detroit-lions-2019-perfect-mock-draft/ddrysdale/detroit-lions-news/03/24/2019/201943/

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