Two new mocks, CBS Sports and Fansided/With The First Pick, have the Lions picking the same player …
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Ryan Wilson at CBS: Jeudy falls to No. 6 because the teams above have more immediate needs, but Matthew Stafford isn’t complaining. Yes, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are Detroit’s top targets but both have contracts that expire after the 2020 season, and Jeudy is the most dynamic route runner in college football.
Alex Barnett at Fansided: 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.
My initial reaction is a reflexive facial twitch and immediate reversion to the Matt Millen-Roy Williams-Charles Rogers-BMW days. Wide receiver?!?
Sorry, the need for defensive talent is probably too great.
Jeudy is a near can’t-miss #1 receiver. I’m actually a CeeDee Lamb guy, though.
But then there’s that factoid that Golladay and Marvin are both free agents after the 2020 season. I could foresee the Lions moving on from Jones, especially with a WR like Jeudy having a year to get into the swing of things. And what if Golladay pulls a Suh and rejects all overtures to stay here?
It still feels like I’m trying to talk myself into something that would be a wrong move. I like Jeudy at 6 a whole hell of a lot more than I liked Hockenson at 8. But still, defense.