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The Detroit Lions have had a great offseason so far improving their offensive line to help Matthew Stafford. The Lions now need to focus on the draft and solidifying the defensive side of the ball.

The Lions did not have a solid defense last season. They finished 18th in total yards given up per game (354.8). It’s time to focus on the defense and that can start with the 2017 draft. If one of these three players remain at No. 21, The Detroit Lions will select one of them.


Detroit needs help in the secondary immediately. They gave up 248.4 pass yards per game last season, which was good enough for 19th in the league.

Darius Slay is already CB1 in Detroit, but the Lions need a solid CB2 to help him out on the other side. That’s where Marlon Humphrey could fit in.

In 2015, Humphrey started all 15 games for Alabama and earned All-SEC consideration. He recorded 45 tackles, 3 INTs and eight PD’s. In 2016 he had 26 tackles, two interceptions (one for a TD), and added five PD’s. He is a very physical CB that will attempt to strip the ball away at times (Three forced fumbles in 2016).

 Humphrey is very athletic but sometimes has problems covering the deep ball, allowing 19 yards per completion in games he started. That issue could cause him to fall to the Lions.

If the Lions are looking to add depth to their secondary, which they should, Humphrey would be a great fit.


With the release of DeAndre Levy, the Lions will look to add another linebacker through the draft. Jarrad Davis would be a good start if he is available at No. 21.

During his junior year at Florida, Davis recorded 94 tackles (11 for loss), 3.5 sacks and one interception. He has great acceleration which is a huge factor during the blitz. He also has the ability to step back into coverage when needed (8 PD’s over the last two seasons). Davis has the ability to finish his tackles and eliminate the big play. He had 50 solo tackles in 2015. Davis was limited to only nine games last season due to injury but still impressed with 60 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Davis at times will have trouble coming off blocks and needs to learn to take better routes to the ball. Those issues may cause him to fall to No. 21 and if he does the Lions should snag him up.


There are about to be three Watt brothers in the NFL after this week. That’s terrifying considering T.J. Watt could be another defensive threat. The Lions need to improve their defensive line and Watt could help.

Watt was finally healthy in 2016 and he made his presence known. He recorded 63 tackles, 38 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Watt received second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors.

 Watt has quick hands and tries to keep blockers off balance. He had great numbers against the rush and pass in one season. The Lions gave up 106.3 rushing yards per game last season which was good enough for 18th in the league. That needs to improve and Watt would be a great addition opposite of Ezekiel Ansah.

He doesn’t have the best foot quickness and will have to rely more on his hands to win in the trenches. That could cause him to fall in the draft.

According to his draft profile, many experts have Watt going in the second round. Don’t be surprised if the Lions draft him at No. 21 because of their defensive needs.


Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is considered a slam-dunk first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft and could be an option for a Detroit Lions team that hasn’t produced a 100-yard rusher in years. (AP Photo)

Every week during draft season,’s Nate Atkins will look at the mock drafts that came out during the week and provide feedback on the possibilities mentioned for the Lions in the first round.

Marlon Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey’s Lance Zierlein

Pick: Marlon Humphrey, Alabama CB

Nate’s reaction: It can be tough grading mock drafts prior to free agency because it’s unclear what a team’s needs are. The same goes for creating mock drafts, which is why I’ve been holding off. If the Lions find ways in free agency to bolster their front seven, I can get more on board with the idea of upgrading from Nevin Lawson to create a strong duo with Darius Slay. Humphrey seems like a safe pick with lots of skills in lots of areas. If he tests as well as he’s supposed to next week, he’ll certainly be something to consider. At this point, I think the Lions would need to like him significantly better than the pass rushers available to make this kind of pick.

Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton

Sporting News’ Vinnie Tyler

Pick: Taco Charlton, Michigan DE

Also mocked by: CBS Sports’ Rob Rang

Nate’s reaction: The pass rusher from down the road is going to continue to be a really intriguing option until the Lions do something, or anything, to boost the edge rushing that disappointed last season and now sees Devin Taylor headed to free agency. Charlton is considered a first-rounder pretty unanimously right now, with some placing him in the top 10 and some slipping him in at the end of the round. I sense this range will continue as teams try to balance the monstrous performances he had against Ohio State and Florida State with the inconsistency he struggled with at other times throughout the year.

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he 2017 NFL Draft is just over three months away. With that being said, mock drafts are starting to pinpoint picks for each club.

ESPN mock draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. just released the first installment of his first-round projections and made the selection for the Tennessee Titans at No. 18. overall.

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

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