Lions Nab Potential Franchise QB in Todd McShay's First 2023 Mock Draft

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Detroit Lions nabbed a potential franchise quarterback in Todd McShay's first 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
The Detroit Lions nabbed a potential franchise quarterback in Todd McShay's first 2023 NFL Mock Draft. / AP Photos/Duane Burleson

The NFL enters the final month of the regular season in Week 15 and the league is beginning to get a clear look at the playoff picture. This also coincides with the end of college football's regular season, which makes it the perfect time to look ahead at the 2023 NFL Draft.

ESPN's Todd McShay unveiled his first mock draft on Tuesday and has the Detroit Lions targeting a potential franchise quarterback in the first round.

McShay used ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) for the order of his first mock and sees the Lions selecting Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud at No. 4 overall.

Recent reports suggest that Jared Goff could be a bigger part of Detroit's future equation than many originally thought, but Stroud is the type of player a franchise must draft if he's available. The dynamic signal-caller posted his second straight season with at least 3,300 passing yards and a ridiculous 81 combined touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

McShay thinks this is a situation where the Lions let Stroud learn playing behind Goff for a season or two, and ultimately take their top-five offense to new heights with a potential franchise-altering quarterback.

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