https://walterfootball.com/draft2020.php - Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Matt Patricia needs to find a centerpiece to his defense, as the Lions have struggled to defend the middle of the field for quite some time. Here’s a potential solution.
Kenneth Murray was co-Defensive Freshman of the Year in the Big XII, thriving in coverage for the Sooners. He broke an Oklahoma record for tackles in a game with 28. Murray has excellent instincts and has great speed and athleticism for coverage.
Simmons is a very gifted player that can wear many hats for that Lions defense.
The Lions have become shaky at safety after trading Quandre Diggs. Tracy Walker can’t stay healthy, and both Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew are pending free agents. Delpit flies round the field, stopping the run like an extra linebacker and making big plays on the ball while working inside in downfield coverage. He plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous hybrid size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.
https://withthefirstpick.com/2019/12/02/2020-nfl-draft-mock-monday-before-mnf/2/ - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
A wide receiver with generational talent has to be the pick. Matthew Stafford was signed to a big contract because of his production on offense despite sensational talent. Jeudy will be the most talented receiver that Stafford has played with since Calvin Johnson. This just might get them over that playoff hump.
https://247sports.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/ContentGallery/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft-131849780/#131849780_10 - Trevon Diggs, DB, Alabama
The Lions could opt for Jerry Jeudy here as their Marvin Jones replacement, but, instead, the Lions add the Alabama corner, who is also the brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs.
https://www.draftsite.com/nfl/mock-draft/2020/ - A. J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
https://www.drafttek.com/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round-1.asp - Austin Jackson, OT, USC
https://nflmocks.com/2019/12/02/2020-nfl-draft-tua-tagovailoa-mock-draft/8/ - A. J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Chase Young gets all the attention in the Big Ten and the 2020 NFL Draft class at the defensive end position. But A.J. Epenesa has the potential to be a great edge rusher at the next level as well. Matt Patricia brought over Trey Flowers to the Lions with him, but Detroit could use another dominant force on the edge.
The Lions have a total of 24 sacks in their 12 games on the season. While that isn’t an awful number, I’m sure Patricia would love to see that number go up next year. Epenesa would undoubtedly help that cause.
Epenesa is a physical freak at 6-foot-6, 280 lbs. While a little more raw of a prospect than Young, Epenesa has come through with pretty solid production in his time at Iowa. He now has nine sacks on the season and may be able to exceed his total of 10.5 from a year ago. He fits well as a 4-3 defensive end and has prototypical size with good bend that you like to see in a rusher.
The Lions defense has struggled mightily at times this season, and with a defensive-minded head coach, I’m sure they will address that side of the ball early and often in the 2020 NFL Draft. Epenesa may be a bit of a project in terms of reaching his full potential, but I’m sure that is a challenge that Patricia would love to take on in hopes of him developing into one of the best defensive ends in the league.
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2864984-2020-nfl-mock-draft-post-week-13-breakdown - Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State