The Detroit Lions are limping to the finish line in the 2018 season, and as a result, thoughts are already beginning to drift ahead to the 2019 draft, and specifically, which players the Lions will be able to get a look at to help out their needy team in several key spots. The good news? There’s no shortage of impact players the Lions could find at their current draft spot, which is nestled safely within the top 10.
One such mock which was recently presented by SB Nation’s Dan Kadar shows just how much the Lions could be set to score if they finish with a shot at a high enough pick. With the number seven selection, Kadar has the Lions picking up LSU cornerback Greedy Williams with the selection. Here’s a look at what Kadar wrote in the piece about why Williams is such a good fit for Detroit this offseason:
“It’s clear the Lions need to add playmakers on defense. They’ll be keen on getting a pass rusher, especially if Ezekiel Ansah leaves in the offseason. Still, Williams is too good of a player to pass up. The LSU cornerback is arguably one of the five best players in the draft.”
Williams is one of the top ball hawks in this draft and a guy who could be a great player considering his 71 total tackles, eight interceptions and sticky coverage. With Detroit needing help for Darius Slay, Williams could be an elite corner to pair with their elite stud in Slay.
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Interestingly enough, many early mocks have had the Lions looking elsewhere than along the defensive front. Cornerback has also been alluded to as one of the team’s bigger draft needs coming up. Detroit’s next draft, whatever pick they might land, is going to have to be heavy along the defensive front. The Lions need some depth there and more playmakers, and that’s without even figuring in the fact that they could lose Ezekiel Ansah and could also lose Ricky Jean Francois, who are on one year deals.
Obviously, the Lions have some major building to do along their defensive line in the coming seasons in the draft and free agency, and one could expect them to target those spots most in the coming year when it comes to upgrades. But even without those future players and their arrivals, the Lions have been pretty good already, especially against running quarterbacks, which should be downright scary for the opposition. As the Lions have figured out how to stop the run consistently, the whole group has gotten better.
As they think about what to do next, expect the name of Williams to be a popular one coming up, especially if the Lions are able to maintain a stranglehold on a high draft pick down the stretch.