Stroz Re-Drafts for the Lions in 2019's NFL Draft

Part of my sickness as a sports fan is looking back on old drafts and seeing what could have been. I will usually do this after a few brews and a random sports debates with friends. Usually it’s a good time and a better debate.

With this fun venture in mental masturbation I wanted to be ahead of the curve, and we can look back in 3 or 4 years and see if I was a clown or if the Detroit Lions General Manger, Bob Quinn, was.

I will put Quinn’s draft up first so we all have the baseline, then I will re-draft with the Lions original draft selections (pre-draft, before trades). I will also put a re-draft with what Quin did this year (trades on draft day) and do a bonus re-draft with the possibility of a massive proposed trade in Round 1 from Pittsburg.

Here are the rules, I cannot draft anyone that was taken before the Lions picked and if I make a trade it would have to be along the parameters of an existing trade that took place.

According to NFL.com these were the Lions Pre-Draft Needs:

Ok, enough said, here is the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft according to Bob Quinn:

ROUND PICK PLAYER TRANSACTION (if any)

1 8 (8) TE – TJ Hockenson (Iowa)

2 11 (43) LB – Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii)

3 18 (81) S – Will Harris (Boston College) Lions give pick 88th & 204th for 81st (MIN)

4 15 (117) DE – Austin Bryant (Clemson) Lions give pick 111th for 117th & 186th (ATL)

5 8 (146) CB – Amani Oruwariye (Penn St.)

6 11 (184) WR – Travis Fulgham (Old Dominion)

6 13 (186) RB – Ty Johnson (Maryland) Pick from ATL Trade

7 10 (224) TE – Isaac Nauta (Georgia)

7 15 (229) DT – PJ Johnson (Arizona) Trade with MIA from 2018 for Akeem Spence

Draft Analysis

Looking as Quinn’s drafts, he gets a stud in the first round, my problem is he is a Tight End and that’s a luxury pick. You need help on the Offensive and Defensive Lines as well as in the Secondary. Drafting Tavai and Harris had me scratching my head, by all accounts Tavai could have went later in the draft and I don’t think you needed to trade up for a Safety. I liked most of Day 3 and really had no issues with any of the selections, I think Quinn got a ton of value in rounds 4 through 7.

Ok, now I get to take control and you tell me if you like these selections better?

The Detroit Lions’ original picks heading into the 2019 NFL Draft:

ROUND PICK PLAYER TRANSACTION (if any)

1 8 (8) DT – Ed Oliver (Houston)

2 11 (43) TE – Irv Smith (Alabama)

3 25 (88) G – Conner McGovern (Penn St.) Trade (Golden Tate) with PHI

4 9 (111) LB – Mack Wilson (Alabama)

5 8 (146) CB – Amani Oruwariye (Penn St.)

6 11 (184) RB – Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)

6 32 (204) WR – Kelvin Harmon (NC State)

7 10 (224) DE – Jalen Jelks (Oregon)

7 15 (229) DT – PJ Johnson (Arizona) Trade with MIA from 2018 for Akeem Spence

Draft Analysis

With the Lions original draft picks (pre-draft day trades), I add a versatile defensive lineman in Oliver in the first round. Oliver can play inside, outside and can stand up off the line. I come back and add my Tight End in Smith who is a quality player. Smith is not Hockenson, but he’s talented and looks to be a stud. I also address my Offensive Line and the front-7 of my Defense with the next two picks. I like the value of Oruwariye in the 5th and you address the skilled positions with guys who can make a difference in the 6th round. In round 7 you add depth to the Defensive Line with high upside projects.

2019 Detroit Lions NFL Draft with trades made by Quin on draft day:

ROUND PICK PLAYER TRANSACTION (if any)

1 8 (8) DT – Ed Oliver (Houston) or

LB – Devin Bush (Michigan)

2 11 (43) TE – Irv Smith (Alabama)

3 18 (81) G – Conner McGovern (Penn St.) Lions give pick 88th & 204th for 81st (MIN)

4 15 (117) DE – Austin Bryant (Clemson) Lions give pick 111th for 117th & 186th (ATL)

5 8 (146) CB – Amani Oruwariye (Penn St.)

6 11 (184) RB – Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)

6 13 (186) WR – Kelvin Harmon (NC State) Pick from ATL Trade

7 10 (224) CB – Jimmy Moreland (James Madison)

7 15 (229) DT – PJ Johnson (Arizona) Trade with MIA from 2018 for Akeem Spence

Draft Analysis

In this scenario Devin Bush would be the better pick to round out a complete draft, that being said I’m not sure I’d pass on Oliver here – I struggled for sure. You get the Tight End in round 2 and add an Offensive Guard in round 3 addressing a major hole on this team.I think Quin crushed it in rounds 4 and 5 adding great value on the Defensive Line and at Corner. I prefer my selections at Running Back and Wide Receiver, Dexter Williams would solidify the RB2 position and Kelvin Harmon is a big body that would play the slot for this team.In round 7 you round out the defense adding an interception machine that has speed to take it to the house and big body to follow in Snack Harrisons footsteps.

2019 Detroit Lions NFL Draft with Massive 1st Rd Trade:

ROUND PICK PLAYER TRANSACTION (if any)

1 20 (20) CB – Byron Murphy (Washington) Lions give pick 8 for 20th, 52nd and 2020 3rd Rd (PIT)

2 11 (43) TE – Irv Smith (Alabama)

2 20 (52) WR – Paris Campbell (Ohio State) Pick form trade with PIT

3 25 (88) G – Conner McGovern (Penn St.) Trade (Golden Tate) with PHI

4 15 (117) DE – Austin Bryant (Clemson) Lions give pick 111th for 117th & 186th (ATL)

5 8 (146) CB – Amani Oruwariye (Penn St.)

6 11 (184) RB – Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)

6 13 (186) LB – David Long (Virginia) Pick from ATL Trade

6 32 (204) S – Donovan Wilson (Texas A&M)

7 10 (224) DE – Jalen Jelks (Oregon)

7 15 (229) DT – PJ Johnson (Arizona) Trade with MIA from 2018 for Akeem Spence

Draft Analysis

In this scenario the Lions accept the reported trade offer from the Pittsburg Steelers, in the trade the Lions give up the 8th pick for the 20th an extra 2nd round pick (52nd overall) and acquired an extra 3rd in 2020. In this draft I’d sure up the secondary by grabbing, arguably, the best Cornerback in this draft and adding a lot of depth to this unit. This makes sense especially since the additions of Snack Harrison in the middle of last season and the key players they acquired during free agency. I add Tight End, Irv Smith, in the second round and make my receiving core better with speedster Paris Campbell with my extra pick obtained in the trade. Again, I address the Offensive and Defensive Line in the 3rd and 4th rounds and get another Cornerback that will challenge to start in round 5. Round 6 I had three picks, I would probably trade one or two of these, maybe pair it with a fifth to move around in the fourth or move up in the fifth. In this case I did not move around and added my RB2, a Linebacker and hard-hitting Safety that can play in the box. In Round 7, I strengthen the Defensive Line by adding depth that has high upside.

The Take Away

A few constants from all my drafts, I’m taking a Tight End in the second round and really like the additions of Defensive End Austin Bryant and Cornerback Amani Oruwariye. I also like Running Back Dexter Williams and wrapping up the draft with Defensive Tackle PJ Johnson. Overall, I think Quinn gets a C for this draft, however we won’t know for a few years, so the clown show award will have to wait.

If you like what you read or even if you hated it let Stroz know on Twitter @AdamRStroz and catch his ridiculous takes Monday through Friday on Big Drew and Jim right here on Detroit's Own 1130am WDFN The Fan.

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