ESPN’s Todd McShay presented an interesting scenario in his latest Mock Draft (subscription required), envisioning an early quarterback run, including trading by the Carolina Panthers, who currently hold No. 8 overall. Two more offensive players will be selected before the Detroit Lions are on the № 7 clock.
Here’s how the board overtook the Lions’ site with links to the SB Nation team’s response sites to McShay’s pairings (with the exception of Jaguars, as they have been linked to their choice of about four months):
1) Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
3) Carolina Panthers (forecast trading up): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio
4) Atlantic Falcons: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Peney Sewell, Ontario, Oregon
6) Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Pitts, Texas, Florida
With the three widest receivers in this class project still on the board – all rated as top 10 selections – and the Lions in the middle of regaining that position, they chose the litter in this scenario.
McShay’s choice for the Lions: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
“It’s hard to give either Chase or DeVonta Smith of Alabama an advantage over the other, but the former can have an advantage due to better physical traits,” Maxhei said. “Perhaps his season of giving up forgets that Chase posted 20 touchdowns and nearly 1,800 receiving yards in 2019. The Lions’ broad successor is expected to see a big turnaround in the next few weeks, and new Detroit CEO Brad Holmes needs to find some playmakers for recently acquired Jared Goff. “
McShay surprisingly left Jaylen Waddle out of his chances for the Lions here, as some believe he could be better than the receivers in Alabama. But it probably didn’t matter anyway, because Chase is highly regarded as the widest successor in this draft class.
Chase is an exceptional athlete who can line up all over the field. Its ability to transmit speeds along its routes makes it extremely difficult to cover and makes it create a natural separation. Even with the accumulated distance between the defenders, he still attacks the ball when in the air. Once secured, it is difficult to take down due to its speed and physical play.
The combination of elite features makes Chase a very desirable choice for the lions and he would fit perfectly, no matter what they decided to do with Kenny Goladay.
McShay’s college at ESPN and Lions beat the writer, Michael Rothstein judged his form with Lions: “Broad successors Marvin Jones Jr., Danny Amendola and Jamal Agnew have been named free agents, and questions are being asked about whether Detroit will mark Kenny Goladay or let him go. Detroit signed veteran Tyrell Williams this week, but the Lions are apparently looking for gems for their recovery. Chase fits perfectly into this shape. “