In his third mock draft of the offseason, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper once again has the Detroit Lions addressing its defensive line, projecting Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan to the team at No. 20.
This pick is all about projection, as Bryan is a freakish talent who didn’t produce to his ability at Florida; he had only 5.5 career sacks, Kiper writes. But there were games (turn on the Texas A&M tape from 2017) in which he looked like a top-10 pick. He would play 3-technique for the Lions and new coach Matt Patricia. Bryan is raw, but he could be a star given time (and coaching) to develop. Linebacker and cornerback should be options for Detroit here, and running back shouldn’t be out of the question.
The Lions’ current depth chart puts them in good position to develop a prospect. Following the addition of Sylvester Williams in free agency, they’ve got three experienced interior linemen under contract, in addition to multiple edge rushers with the ability Ales Hemsky Jersey to slide inside on passing downs.
The projection of Bryan to Detroit follows Kiper’s previous picks of running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Sam Hubbard to the team.
In this latest mock, Kiper has the Lions passing up other potential defensive line fits such as Boston College’s Harold Landry and Michigan’s Maurice Hurst, who is more polished than Bryan, but still carries concerns after an irregular EKG held him out of the combine.
Shaquille O’Neal Jersey Hurst recently competed at his pro day after being cleared by doctors at Michigan and Harvard.
I would provide you with a link to the 2010 article on ESPN.com, but the Worldwide Leader has unpublished it.
So enjoy LeBron’s visit to Philly on Friday night… and let’s hope it is not his last in a Cleveland Cavs uniform. As much as every Sixers fan wants to see their team avoid the Cavs in the postseason, there are some of us who live for drama. In this case, we could be looking at a matchup of the guy who has been to seven straight NBA Finals against the team that could go to the next seven NBA Finals.
This year, that’s Toledo’s Logan Woodside. There are other (bigger) mid-major quarterbacks in this draft who didn’t have Woodside’s college numbers but have tantalized the NFL world anyway.