Lions Wire managing editor Jeff Risdon dropped his first 2019 Mock Draft of the season, via Real GM, and he gives the Detroit Lions help in the secondary by projecting them to select Georgia corner Deandre Baker with the 10th pick.
There is a lot of debate between who is the top corner in this years draft class but most have settled on three players competing for the spot — LSU’s Greedy Williams, Washington’s Byron Murphy and Georgia’s Baker.
Williams combination of size (6-2, 185), athletic upside and success in press man has a lot of evaluations connecting him to the Lions, including Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, and Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network just this past week.
Risdon projects Williams to go to the Carolina Panthers with the 15th pick and is “admittedly much lower than I expect the talented cornerback to go, but strange things happen in the actual draft and that carries over to the mock here.”
Murphy’s (5-10, 185) stock is on the rise and he has been getting a lot of love lately as potentially the top defensive back in this class. PFF’s Cam Melcor lists him as one of the drafts breakout players, and Kyle Crabbs of the Draft Network ranks him as his CB1.
Risdon also like Murphy and projected him to be selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 6th pick, “Not the typical top CB in mock drafts, but Murphy has the polished game and mindset to surprise.”
Here is Risdon’s reasoning on why he thinks the Lions would select Baker (5-11, 186) with the 10th overall pick, “Baker is a physical presence with excellent instincts and proven ability to be effective in both man and zone schemes. For a defense like Detroit’s under Matt Patricia, being versatile and smart are invaluable. I just wish he was a little faster.”
One of Baker’s best traits is his awareness. As a senior, he has plenty of experience playing at multiple spots and his ability to recognize situations and routes, where he uses his length to help him get an advantage over receivers.
Baker would perfectly compliment the Lions secondary and playing across from Darius Slay would help the secondary take a major step forward