The Detroit Lions are not concerned to take late risers in the initial spherical of the draft. Could they elect to do so with the eighth over-all range in 2019?
Most admirers of the Detroit Lions experienced likely under no circumstances listened to the name Frank Ragnow before the Satisfaction picked the center out of Arkansas with the 20th over-all range in the 2018 NFL Draft. Ragnow was a projected Working day Two range by quite a few draft analysts.
But Ragnow was a late riser on draft boards and other teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals who owned the choose suitable just after Detroit, 21st over-all, were rumored to be intrigued. And now there is one more prospect that is instantly racing up draft boards as the scouting procedure for the 2019 NFL Draft is in whole swing.
That player is Mississippi State move rusher Montez Sweat. The 6-foot-6, 245 pound defensive end turned heads at the Senior Bowl. Sweat was arguably the finest player at the occasion and is speedily getting a sleeper to go extremely significant in the draft.
In truth, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has mocked Sweat to the Lions with the eighth over-all choose. Here’s his temporary rationalization as to why …
“With Ezekiel Ansah likely to depart in cost-free company, Sweat could move suitable in at his spot. Sweat is a very long-limbed, ascending hurry expertise who built himself cash final 7 days at the Senior Bowl.”
Dominating the SEC the previous two seasons, Sweat racked up 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss put together for the Bulldogs in the course of his time there. In a draft course predicted to have quite a few premier edge rushers, Sweat could end up being to finest.
In Detroit, Montez Sweat would be a excellent addition to a protection that overachieved at obtaining to opposing quarterbacks final year. The Motor Town concluded the yr publishing 43. whole sacks, which was very good ample to be tied for 11th most in the NFL. And even though that type of unfold-out creation is normal of a Matt Patricia-led protection, you can under no circumstances have ample premier move rushers on your roster.