2021 NFL draft: Will these prospects boom or bust?
USA Today Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon breaks down the potential for three 2021 NFL draft prospects.
The bro hugs are back.
Unless, of course, Brad Holmes decides to trade his first pick as general manager of the Lions. The Lions introduced a new GM, new head coach, new front office makeup and new starting QB this offseason. If Detroit holds onto the No. 7 pick, it should have its choice among the best nonpassers in the draft (quarterbacks are predicted to make up at least half of the first six picks in many mocks).
Some Michigan football players could be first-rounders, taken Thursday, while a few Michigan State football players are expected to be selected in coming days. Two Western Michigan football players cracked Mel Kiper’s last-minute prospect rankings, with Broncos versatile wideout D’Wayne Eskridge ranked 33rd overall (Dave Birkett wrote about his circuitous journey to a fringe first-round NFL prospect here)..
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER TEAMS? Here’s how you can watch Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers at the same time Thursday
Wondering where to watch the draft? We got you:
NFL draft time, TV, radio,
When: Round 1, 8 p.m. Thursday; Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m. Friday; Rounds 4-7, noon Saturday.
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network.
Radio: ESPN Radio.
Receiver/tight end: Lions have options to restock offense in deep WR class
Offensive lineman: Lions could be tempted by these two tackles at No. 7
Defensive lineman: Lions looking for DL upgrades; Michigan’s Kwity Paye is top edge rusher
Defensive back: Lions hunting for secondary help a year after taking Jeff Okudah
Special teams: Lions to draft a long snapper again
What Brad Holmes has said
More on potential picks
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