Instant Impact Player
Smith is an absolute gamer who rises to the occasion in the big moments. His combination of quick, efficient footwork, great hands, and fluid route running are tailor-made for the NFL. Smith was second fiddle to Waddle before the Waddle injury. Smith proved before the Waddle injury that he could handle the number one role in the Alabama offense.
Other Considerations If Available:
Alabama WR DeVonta Smith or LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase or Penn State LB Micah Parsons or Florida TE Kyle Pitts Trade Up or Trade Back
The Lions have a lot of options in this spot. They can fill any of their primary team needs, LB, WR, or edge. Our first mock draft from January had the Lions taking LB Micah Parson's, who could easily be drafted in the sixth spot, to the eagles, who need an elite LB. The Lions could take a WR, and with Jaylen Waddle available in our mock and the potential of Ja'Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith being available, the temptation to fill their need at WR would be warranted. But the Lions need to improve their defense, and it makes a lot of sense to draft an elite LB or an Edge player to improve their pass rush in this spot. The Lions have pieced together an excellent coaching staff, so it appears they are making the right decisions; the decision to improve on defense will be a key to their future success. We stick to our original mock draft pick from January in this spot, and the Lions go with Penn State LB Micah Parsons.