Lions Look for Help, Depth in NFL Draft

Detroit has the 21st overall pick.

The 2017 NFL Draft starts April 27. The Cleveland Browns have the first pick, and the consensus among football experts is that they’ll choose Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The same analysts have different opinions on whom the Detroit Lions will select when it’s their turn. The team has several needs to fill, especially on defense, but they might also consider a wide receiver or a tight end to round out their offense. Detroit News sports writer John Niyo says Lions’ General Manager Bob Quinn is looking for play makers.

“Whether it’s linebacker, whether it’s cornerback, whether it’s even a pass rusher,” Niyo says.

Niyo says several players could fill those needs, including Jarrad Davis, a linebacker from the University of Florida.

“He’s a versatile guy, but he’s also a high character leader,” Niyo says.

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation with WDET’s Pat Batcheller.


Detroit Lions first round draft picks since 2009

Year Pick Name Pos School What has he done, where is he now?
2009 1 Matthew Stafford QB Georgia 30,300 career passing yds., 86.8 QB rating. Lions starter.
2009 20 Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State 93 games, 17 TDs. Missed 2016 with injury. Free agent.
2010 2 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska 5x Pro Bowl selection, 47 career sacks. Signed w/ Miami as FA in 2015
2010 30 Jahvid Best RB California Played 22 games in 2010-11. Career shortened by injuries. Released in 2013. Out of football.
2011 13 Nick Fairley DT Auburn 46 games w/ DET, signed w/ New Orleans as FA in 2015. Missed 2016 with injury.
2012 23 Riley Reiff OT Iowa Played 77 games w/ DET, 69 starts. Signed w/ Minnesota as FA in 2017.
2013 5 Ezekiel Ansah DT BYU 46 games, 32 sacks. Lions starter.
2014 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina 40 games, 28 starts, 7 TDs, 1,496 yards. Projected Lions starter in 2017
2015 28 Laken Tomlinson OG  Duke 32 games. Starter.
2016 16 Taylor Decker OT Ohio State Started all 16 games at left tackle as rookie. Starter.



  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.