Barring a trade, the Detroit Lions have two picks remaining in the 2021 NFL Draft: No. 112 in the fourth round and No. 153 in the fifth. After that, the Lions would have to turn their attention to the undrafted free agent (UDFA) market.
There is still plenty of talent remaining in the draft pool, and with the Lions holding the seventh pick in the next round, they have a chance to land another quality player who could legitimately challenge to start somewhere on the roster.
Let’s take a quick look at how each position has played out through the first two days, examine the top players remaining, identify the top one the Lions could target, and add in a few potential UDFAs.
So far eight quarterbacks have been selected and the only one remaining on my draft board with a draftable grade is Jamie Newman (Georgia). With the needs elsewhere on the roster and his value checking on as late Day 3 for me, I’d be surprised if we saw the Lions take a dip here.
- Sam Ehlinger, Texas
- Shane Buechele, SMU
Only four backs have been taken in the first 105 selections leaving quite a few quality rotational players available. Here are the top five available:
- Michael Carter, North Carolina
- Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
- Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
- Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
- Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
- Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
- Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
- Pooka Williams, Kansas
- Jake Funk, Maryland
Still plenty of talented players who could make an impact on the Lions roster, especially in the slot.
- Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
- Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
- Cade Johnson, South Dakota State
- Cornell Powell, Clemson
- Jaelon Darden, North Texas
Only five tight ends have heard their name called during the first two days, leaving a few quality players still available. With Hunter Bryant landing on reserve/NFI this week, and a former tight end for a head coach, don’t dismiss the Lions investing here.
- Brevin Jordan, Miami
- Jacob Harris, UCF
- Kenny Yeboah, Mississippi
- Tony Poljan, Virginia
- Noah Gray, Duke
Despite selecting Penei Sewell in the first round, GM Brad Holmes has shown he’s not afraid of double-dipping on the line in this draft. This is an incredibly deep class and the Lions could find a long-term competitor on the interior.
- Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
- Deonte Brown, RG, Alabama
- Trey Smith, G, Tennessee
- James Hudson, T/G, Cincinnati
- Drew Dalman, IOL, Stanford
- Jimmy Morrissey, IOL, Pittsburgh
- Cole Van Lanen, T/G, Wisconsin
- Carson Green, T/G, Texas A&M
Interior defensive line
The Lions can’t take a third defensive tackle right? Right?
- Daviyon Nixon, 3T, Iowa
- Jay Tufele, 3T, USC
- Tommy Togiai, 1T, Ohio State
- Cameron Sample, 3/5T, Tulane
- Bobby Brown III, 1T, Texas A&M
- Darius Stills, 3T, West Virginia
- TQ Graham, 3T, Texas
- Naquan Jones, NT, Michigan State
- Roy Lopez, 1T, New Mexico State
Six went in the first 32 picks but only seven more went in the next 73, leaving a bunch of developmental players available.
- Jordan Smith, UAB
- Patrick Johnson, Tulane
- Chares Snowden, Virginia
- Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
- Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
- William Bradley-King, Baylor
- Shaka Toney, Penn State
- Darius Hodge, Marshall
The Lions should be on the lookout for elite athletes who can be part of a rotation and help in coverage. And there’s a great one at the top of this list who is very much worth the Lions’ top pick on Day 3.
- Jabril Cox, LSU — the top player remaining on my board
- Cameron McGrone, Michigan
- Dylan Moses, Alabama
- Derrick Barnes, Purdue
- Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M
- Riley Cole, South Alabama
- Anthony Hines, Texas A&M
- Curtis Robinson, Stanford
While the Lions just selected Ifeatu Melifonwu at the end of the third round, they could still in the market for more depth, especially in the slot.
- Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
- Shaun Wade, NB, Ohio State
- Shakur Brown, NB/CB, Michigan State
- Tre Brown, NB, Oklahoma
- Trill Williams, CB/S, Syracuse
- Darren Hall, San Diego State
- Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
- Shemar Jean-Charles Appalachian State
- Avery Williams, Boise State — also a returner
- Brandin Echols, Kentucky
Here’s another spot where the top player available could immediately challenge for a starting role. Holmes has been a wizard at finding starting safeties on Day 3 of the draft and don’t forget, he touted this as a deep safety class.
- Jamar Johnson, Indiana — the second-best player available on my board
- ArDarius Washington, TCU
- Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State
- Tyree Gillespie, Missouri
- Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh
- Shawn Davis, Florida
- Darrick Forrest, Cincinnati
- Tyler Coyle, Purdue
- Zayne Anderson, BYU