With the 20th Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft……

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The Lions pick…..

I don’t know.

Seriously, I don’t know.

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. I’m not a huge fan of the draft. Wait … that comes off wrong. I’m a fan of the draft, but I’m not a fan of the months leading up to it. Why? There’s just far too much speculation. We the fans have one idea where we think that management and the coaching staff COULD go, but in the end, it’s just a guess. We don’t really know.  That’s what a lot of people love about the draft, but me…I’m just different, I guess. I mean, I like Mondays. I don’t need coffee, and I’m not a huge fan of wine or beer. So, yeah, I’m different.

Now that I got my true feelings out, on to the draft!  It’s Draft Week!!

Top 3 needs of the Lions going into the draft, in no particular order:  1. Defensive End/EDGE  2. Offensive Lineman 3. Running back. Of those 3, I think the biggest need is an edge rusher.  The pass rush has been less than stellar the past couple of years.  Defensive end Ziggy Ansah has shown that he can do it, but he needs some help (and fewer injuries).  DE Kerry Hyder will also be returning from an injury this season, so it’s looking up, but there still is a need.  Who would I like to see?  Harold Landry from Boston College.   He’s just a playmaker. He has one focus.  Get the quarterback.  And when you’ve got some pretty talented opposing QBs in the division, you need a player to get after them.

Running back.  The Lions haven’t had the best of luck with their running game of late.  It’s been awhile since the Lions have had a 100-yard rusher in a game.  Just since 2013, but who’s counting.    While the Saquon Barkley‘s of the world will most likely be gone by 20, I would think that someone like Nick Chubb or Sony Michel would be a good addition to the run game.  And with the addition of RB LeGarrette Blount, in short yard situations, the running game should start to look up.

Last but not least the offensive line.  It’s improving.  The addition of T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner have helped start to solidify the line, but is still missing something to help improve the running game, and helping the quarterback Matthew Stafford, stay on his feet.  Who do I think would be a good fit?  Will Hernandez from UTEP would be a good candidate, and potentially Kolton Miller out of UCLA.

While those are just my thoughts on who the Lions should take, we really won’t know until Thursday night.  And thank goodness!  Because I’m ready for all the speculation to be over, and ready to give a young man his New Era Lions Draft Cap!

Happy Draft Week


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