3 Players Lions Fans Need to Watch at the Combine
Football fans know that the 2022 NFL Draft is right around the corner because this year's scouting combine kicks off on Tuesday, March 1. One team that will surely have its scouts paying close attention to the prospects will be the Detroit Lions.
After another disappointing campaign, the Lions own the No. 2 pick at this year's draft. Additionally, Detroit owns another nine selections, meaning general manager Brad Holmes will be a busy man come April.
With so many prospects to focus on in this year's draft class, here's a look at three players that Lions fans need to watch at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Lions Scouting Combine
1. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Michigan Wolverines EDGE Aidan Hutchinson is one of the most explosive players in this year's draft class. While it was looking like the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to select him at No. 1, Alabama OT Evan Neal is the current first overall favorite. Assuming the Jaguars go with Neal, Hutchinson is a no-brainer for the Lions at No. 2. Hutchinson's non-stop motor caused him to be one of the most exciting collegiate players in 2021, recording 62 tackles, 14.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. There's a good chance that Detroit will select the Plymouth, MI native, so it'd be wise for Lions fans to watch as much of Hutchinson as possible at the combine.
2. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
The Lions have already announced that they'll be looking to add wide receivers at the 2022 NFL Draft, with Penn State WR Jahan Dotson being a legitimate possibility. The 21-year-old wideout is projected as a late-first, early-second selection, which is great for a Detroit team that owns Pick No. 32 and 34. Dotson has all the potential to be an NFL contributor after recording 91 receptions for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021. He's one of the fastest players in the draft, so it'll be seeing how he does in the 40-yard dash after recording a time of 4.33 seconds ahead of the previous NCAA season.
3. Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
Adding pass-rushers will be a priority for Detroit at the 2022 NFL Draft, even if they land Hutchinson at No. 2. Another EDGE that the Lions could add in the second or third round of the draft is South Carolina's Kingsley Enagbare. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender is one of the stronger players in this year's class and demonstrated what he could do by tallying 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble with the Gamecocks. Enagbare was also a part of the Lions' Senior Bowl roster, which shows that he could already be on the organization's radar. He could become really special if his speed can get to the next level, which is something that Detroit fans should pay attention to this week.
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