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Lions Fans Will Love Projected First-Round Pick in Mel Kiper Latest Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
Detroit Lions fans will love the team's projected first-round pick in Mel Kiper's latest NFL mock draft.
Detroit Lions fans will love the team's projected first-round pick in Mel Kiper's latest NFL mock draft. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions will look a lot different next season as they welcome in a new head coach in Dan Campbell and a new quarterback in Jared Goff. They head into the NFL draft looking to select a player that can contribute to the team right away and have an impactful role on the roster.

Fans should be excited to hear that Mel Kiper has the Lions selecting Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith with their No. 7 overall pick in his latest mock draft. Smith notably became the first wide receiver since 1991 to win the Heisman Trophy this past college season.

DeVonta Smith Lions

The Lions lost starters Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay to free agency this offseason and need to ensure they have reliable receivers for Goff to throw to. Selecting Smith would more than accomplish that goal as he racked up 1,856 yards on 117 receptions last season alone and scored 23 touchdowns.

Smith may not have the biggest frame for a wide receiver, but his route running abilities are off the chart. He proved in college that he can match up with any opposing defender and find a way to get open. Plus, Smith averaged 16.9 yards per reception at Alabama and can line up anywhere on the offense.

The Lions are quietly trying to rebuild their team in order to make a playoff run in the near future. They are going to need to make some bold moves in order to do that and drafting Smith could be a great first step. He may be the spark plug on offense that the Lions are desperately in need of.

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