The Detroit Lions are back in the game in our trial version of the 2022 Detroit Duma Community Project. Commentators made their choice in two rounds while Erik Schlitt served as CEO of the Lions and made three choices so far.
Here’s a look at Erik’s two-round catch:
Erik still has a few needs to meet, but Lions have two selections from the third round to help complete their draft class. However, for this exercise, we will only go over to Pick 66.
Here’s a look at players selected from types 55 to 65:
(Note: You can see all the picks made with our Community Mock Draft tracker)
55. Arizona Cardinals (Beerhero) – DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
56. Dallas Cowboys (1951LION) – Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State
57. Buffalo Bills (jdpeteron34) – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa
58. Atlanta Falcons (kevough3) – Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
59. Green Bay Packers (katmandoo122) – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
60. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Onlythelions) – Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
61. San Francisco 49ers (12jamie) – Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
62. Kansas City Chiefs (hiatus) – Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
63. Cincinnati Bengals (Smurph0404) – Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
64. Denver Broncos (DenverLion) – Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
65. Jacksonville Jaguars (Jerrydlux) – Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
In this last training camp, we saw the first two runners come off the board and the next pair picks up. Perhaps most damaging to the Lions, Jalen Pitre went 61 to the San Francisco 49ers, leaving Detroit’s current security needs in a difficult place.
With that being said, there is still a lot of talent left on the board. Here are some options Erik is likely considering at 66.
QB Matt Corral, Mississippi
Once considered the best playmaker in its class, this is quite a significant drop for Corral. It has decent value here, even if the Lions have decided they want to see what Jared Goff can do with one more season. He brings plenty as a quarterback with double threat and a strong hand. If you can train a bit of this fallacy – the big “if” – it could turn out to be a star.
WR Khalil Shakir, Boise State
The receiver market is pretty dry at this point, with 12 already off the board. However, Shakir is an intriguing prospect due to his athleticism, versatility, and strong hands. It may be argued that it is somewhat redundant when Amon-Ra St. Brown is already on the list, but there’s nothing wrong with having two St. Browns and constantly moving them to keep the defenses on their toes.
TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA
With only one tight end of the board, the Lions would be of good value here to pick who their TE2 is in this year’s class. They met Dulcich at the Senior Bowl and it’s easy to see why they might like him. It has athletic features and strong hands to be a really good pickup option, giving Lions an interesting duo with TJ Hockenson. He will have to develop as a blocker, but effort and desire are not a problem.
LB Channing Tindall, Georgia
Erik couldn’t go for Georgia’s four defenders, could he? The Lions have already taken Dean, but Tindall is a tempting value at 66. In fact, he’s almost as good an athlete as Dean, but in a slightly more acceptable size. Tindall is an aggressive all-rounder that can be used as both a passing player and a range defender, though he will need to improve his ability to recognize the concept of routes.
CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
Lions have a deep peace in the back room, but there are too many questions to move into 2022 with an emphasis on that unit. Bryant is tall (6 feet), physical, and was an absolute college hawk. In four years as a starter, Bryant had 45 saved passes and 10 steals. He is also a visitor of high character as a two-time Cincinnati captain.
S Bryan Cook, Cincinnati
Detroit still needs security and may opt for another defensive defender of Bearcat. Cook fits well with Detroit’s split zone scheme despite being new to the position (moved from angle to safety in 2019). He is a keen striker with good ball-playing skills (11 missed passes in 2021), but sometimes needs to learn to hone his aggressiveness, especially in terms of coverage.
S Nick Cross, Maryland
Cross played all over the pitch for Maryland, be it as a play corner, box, or single high security. He has athleticism to be safe calm, but his instincts aren’t ready yet. Still, like Cook, he’s not afraid to fall into the box and would give Detroit another willing defender in a secondary.
S Kerby Joseph, Illinois
The Lions got a taste of Joseph at the Senior Bowl, even though he was on the team coached by the Jets. Something must have caught their attention, because that was when they brought Joseph in for a visit to the top 30. Another explosive athlete, Joseph, showed off his football skills by scoring five picks last year. He was also a notable specialty player in college due to his willingness to exercise despite his relatively slim build.
Who should Lions take at 66?
QB Matt Corral
WR Khalil Shakir
TE Greg Dulcich
LB Channing Tindall
CB Coby Bryant
S Kerby Joseph
1738 votes in total