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5 realistic prospects for the Lions 1st round pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Now that the 2018 season has mercifully concluded, the focus for the Detroit Lions shifts to offseason roster management. That includes the 2019 NFL Draft, where the Lions will pick eighth overall in the first round.

While it’s still too early to know where GM Bob Quinn and his staff will look, here are five players the Lions figure to strongly consider for the team’s first pick. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Kentucky’s Josh Allen was initially included but it seems extremely unlikely he’ll be available at No. 5 overall, let alone eighth.

An athletic freak on the interior, Oliver moves like a strong safety at 280 pounds. He was quite productive (53 TFLs, 13.5 sacks in three years) despite being the entire focus of the opposing blocking scheme.

Oliver did see his production decline each season, in part because of an injury that kept the 21-year-old out for four games in 2018. Still,  comparisons to Bengals standout Geno Atkins and Saints star Cam Jordan fit Oliver nicely. He’s a high risk-reward player with the chance to be an impact star right away.

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