It's no secret that the Detroit Lions have a lot of work to do before they can compete with the best of the best. The first step is nailing their selections in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. Todd McShay projects Detroit to take a pair of dynamic playmakers in the first round of his 2022 NFL mock draft.
Lions Mock Draft
McShay projects the Lions to spend the No. 1 overall pick on Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson before using the No. 25 overall pick on North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell. Addressing two of the team's biggest needs right away would go a long way in Detroit's rebuild.
Hutchinson has been climbing up draft boards all year after racking up 58 tackles, 14.0 sacks and 3 pass breakups in 13 games played. More importantly, the 21-year-old played his best football against the toughest opponents. That kind of mentality would fit in well under head coach Dan Campbell.
While Hutchinson has a shot to be a franchise player for Detroit, Howell presents more as a high-upside project. The UNC standout has shown great timing on his throws and completed 63.9% of his pass attempts in college. Letting him learn how to play at the professional level behind Jared Goff could end up being the Lions' best strategy.
There's no doubt that this NFL Draft will go a long way in determining just how long it'll be before Detroit is back in the running for an NFC North title. For now, Lions fans will simply have to trust the front office to make the right decisions.
Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!
Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.