Courtesy of our friends over at Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid, here’s a new three-round mock draft for the Detroit Lions.
After weeks and weeks of doing our own Detroit Lions 2022 mock drafts, we’re going a different direction with this week’s mock. Our friends over at Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid, a Lions’ podcast and the podcast partner of SideLion Report, did their Mock Draft 1.0 earlier this week.
The crew over there used Pro Football Network’s draft simulator. Between the five contributors there was usually long debates over picks, with any ties broken by being an odd-number of people when needed. I think the original intent was to get through all seven rounds and 10 picks for the Lions, but they ended up getting through three rounds and the Lions’ first five picks.
Without further ado, here’s a new Detroit Lions three-round mock from Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid, with (naturally) my reaction to the picks.
Detroit Lions 3-Round Mock Draft: Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid Edition
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Aidan Hutchinson went to Jacksonville No. 1 overall in this mock, leaving the “DTBKA” crew to debate betweek Kayvon Thibodeaux and Hamilton. Hamilton is gaining steam as a possibility for the Lions at No. 2, and he’s far and away the best safety in this draft class. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah spoke about Hamilton’s skill set recently, and in specific terms about his fit for the Lions.
I think this kid’s pretty unique. He’s so tall and long and rangy. The ability to make plays from the deep middle as well as the ability to drop down low and be a physical player, he can erase tight ends. …
I would have no issues whatsoever with them taking Kyle Hamilton and saying this is a plug and play guy who’s going to give them something they desperately need, and that’s somebody who can make a play.”
Personally, no matter how good Hamilton is or winds up being and how big a need safety is for the Lions, I don’t love the value of taking a safety second overall. But with the way this board fell, while citing the questions about Thibodeaux, the podcast crew went with Hamilton.
Burks is among the top wide receivers in this draft class, tabbed as a top-10 or 15 overall pick in some mock drafts after a big 2021 season at Arkansas (66 catches for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns). He has drawn comps to A.J. Brown and Deebo Samuel.
At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Burks ran a 4.55 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. His Relative Athletic Score came in underwhelming overall (6.32), though some evaluators did not expect him to test well at the combine anyway.
On heels of that lackluster combine workout, Burks may fall some. For the Drinking The Blue Kool-Aid crew, he fell right into the Lions’ laps after some debate over others at other positions.