Detroit Lions 2017 Draft Review

1st/21 Jarrad Davis, LB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 238 School: Florida

Having sideline to sideline speed along with the power to come up and be physical in the run game is why Davis was considered such a good prospect. As the Lions likely day one starter at middle linebacker gives Detroit a run stopping presence to help a defense that finished in the bottom third of the league last season. Davis has Pro Bowl caliber talent but if his injury issues follow him he may never reach his potential.

 

2nd/53 Jalen Tabor, CB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 199 School: Florida

A 4.62 40-yard dash at the Combine was a disaster for Tabor and overshadowed his good play on the field. While those concerns caused Tabor to drop to the bottom of the second round he could not have fell into a better situation with the Lions. Detroit runs a zone heavy scheme that will allow Tabor to work underneath utilizing his length and change of direction ability while limiting the need for him to run deep.

 

3rd/96 Kenny Golladay, WR

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 218 School: Northern Illinois

Lacking a big target for Matthew Stafford the Lions reached for Golloday who was expected to go much later in the draft. The First Team All MAC receiver works well down the field with his long strides eating up space while using length to go up and win at the catch point. Gollady needs to get stronger but he could fill the role Anquan Boldin had working the middle of the field to extend drives.

 

4th/124 Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 230 School: Tennessee

Lacking depth after Stephon Tulloch and DeAndre Levy left the Lions find another athletic linebacker with starting potential. Reeves-Maybin is a fast instinctive linebacker who thrives in space running and chasing the ball down. A shoulder injury caused him to miss most of the 2016 season but he could come in and compete to start at weakside linebacker.

 

4th/127 Michael Roberts, TE

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 270 School: Toledo

Detroit spent the offseason building up their offensive line in an effort to be more effective running the ball. Adding Roberts gives Detroit a big edge blocker who and also can be moved around to help spring their running backs. Roberts can be a red zone threat with as he had 16 touchdowns in 2016.

 

5th/165 Jamal Agnew, CB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 186 Schools: San Diego

A former basketball and track star Agnew burst onto the scene with an impressive 4.35 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. Agnew has the speed and ball skills to work on the outside but lacks the ideal size needed. For Agnew to be successful he will have to add some weight to hold up in the slot.

 

6th/205 Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 280 School: Arkansas

A big defensive end Ledbetter has the ability to play both outside at end while also lining up inside on pass rushing situations. With good hand usage and power Ledbetter can be used early on as a situational interior pass rusher as they look to add some weight and potential develop him into a three technique tackle.

 

6th/215 Brad Kaaya, QB

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 214 School: Miami

At one point Kaaya was considered to be a potential first round pick with good accuracy and fast decision making. Kaaya struggles under pressure and lacks the foot quickness to get out of trouble. He fits the Lions quick strike attack and should be able to compete with Jake Rudock for the backup to Stafford.

 

7th/250 Pat O’Connor, DE

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 277 School: Eastern Michigan

A big defensive end O’Connor is good against the run and works his tail off but lacks the length needed to anchor in and the athletic ability to create a pass rush. O’Connor will compete in camp for a roster spot, but has an uphill climb to making the team.

 

Best Pick

Davis (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Reeves-Maybin (fourth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

If Jarrad Davis is able to stay healthy the Lions knocked the first two picks out of the water, but struggled to hit remaining seven picks. Constantly reach and taking players who are not ready to contribute could stall the Lions chances of returning to the playoffs next year.

Grade: D

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