Time is ticking before the first picks are announced for the 2022 NFL draft, and while Detroit Lions’ general manager Brad Holmes likely isn’t cramming at this point, that doesn’t mean fans aren’t scrambling to find some last-minute answers.

To that end, former NFL general manager Randy Mueller has some information that folks will appreciate. With picks due soon, what should the Lions be thinking? Mueller joined Heavy.com to break down some last-minute ideas for the Lions, and offered a sound approach for the team.

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Overall, while Detroit has a laundry list of needs at multiple spots, Mueller still isn’t worried about rushing to fill them. Instead, he thinks the Lions need to look for the best players in order to give them the best chance of success moving forward.

“I would not get caught up in “needs,” especially with the early picks. I think this team needs good players and when you pick second-overall, you should get a great player, not good. I do think their needs are greater on defense, which actually fits well for this draft because the the four best players in the draft, in my opinion, are defensive players,” Mueller admitted.

For the Lions in terms of players with the top pick, versatility should be the name of the game according to Mueller. To that end, he sees a standout for Detroit in Georgia’s Travon Walker to boost their defensive line.

“I think the best player for them is Travon Walker from Georgia. He plays defensive end as a 5-tech in a 3/4 or 7 tech in a 4/3 but any way you look at him, he fits all schemes,” Mueller said. He is the best combination of power and athletic ability. Although he doesn’t have eye popping numbers on paper, he has the skill set to do anything they want on defense and I think he will be a better pro than college player. The Lions have nobody like him and he immediately becomes their best asset on defense. I say this knowing that a lot of Lions fans will want the Michigan kid, Aidan Hutchinson. But, for me, he only fits as a 4-3 DE.”

Better versatility is what led Mueller’s eye to Walker, and he sees the same …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


Former NFL General Manager Reveals Top Players for Ideal Lions Draft

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