2023 NFL Mock Draft: Dane Brugler makes bold trade for Detroit Lions

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Dane Brugler makes bold trade for Detroit Lions

Teams are being kicked out NFL playoffsWhich indicates that the 2022-23 season is coming to an end, but it is also an indicator of it. The NFL Draft the season is heating up.

In late November, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler dropped the first Mock Draft of the season and he gave Detroit Lions two defensive players (a defense at pick 3 and a corner at pick 13). A lot has happened since then, including the draft order being established through the first 24 picks (the Lions now pick No. 6 and No. 18 in the first round), college minors declaring for the draft and our The mock draft roundup series has produced six parts.

Let’s take a closer look at how Brugler matched his lions second draft of the season ($subscription):

Pick 6: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

For this pick, three quarterbacks, EDGE Will Anderson (Alabama) and DT Jalen Carter (Georgia) went in the top five, leaving the Lions with an interesting option and Brugler going to their top corner on the board. Here’s what he had to say about his projection:

“Christian Gonzalez did well enough to finish 9th in Colorado my summer top-50 chart, and experienced that rise in his one season at Oregon. With his athletic speed/length profile and the Lions’ need at cornerback, Gonzalez (brother-in-law of former Lions backup quarterback David Blough) should be on Detroit’s short list for the first of two Round 1 picks.”

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with Olympic sprinter blood in his veins (Blough’s wife, Melissa Gonzalez, is his sister), Gonzalez has been in the conversation for the top cornerback position all season. He’s drawn comparisons to Patrick Surtain because of his length, athleticism, instincts and man coverage skills, would fit the Lions’ scheme like a glove and has the potential to shut down CB1.

I try not to put too much value in reports from Lions scouts attending prospect games because speculation can lead to problems, but it’s worth noting that Lions general manager Brad Holmes and director of player personnel Lance Newmark made separate trips. to Oregon this season for exploratory purposes. It’s fair to say they’ve done their homework on the Oregon prospect.

15th pick: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Negotiating (with Packers) to pick from No. 18 to No. 15 costs No. 48 the Lions’ pick in this scenario, but as Brugler points out, it’s something Holmes has done before:

“In the first round last year, the Lions made a big trade with a division foe for a top offensive star (Jameson Williams). They can do it again this year and invest in their future at the quarterback position.”

Here’s why Brugler predicted the Lions would make this aggressive move to acquire a quarterback:

“Thanks to his size, athleticism and arm, Anthony Richardson is an absolute freak show with a high ceiling, but he’s still figuring out how to be a consistent passer. Jared Goff’s presence would allow Detroit Richardson to develop at his own pace.”

At 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds, Richardson has all the physical attributes you want in a modern NFL quarterback: size, strength, speed, twitch, athleticism, explosion, power arm, the ability to place touchdowns on throws, and on and on. it all adds up to potentially being one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL.

The problem is, he still hasn’t put it all together and each of these skills has come off as less than a whole product. He’s still very raw in several areas, including decision-making, shooting technique and accuracy, which also puts him in the category of potential busts.

It’s a lottery ticket with Richardson. If he hits, you have a Josh Allen-type player. If he doesn’t develop, Holmes didn’t lose his chances. At No. 18 and No. 48, the year the Lions look to turn the corner and make the playoffs.

Pick 55: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Our Lady

Pairing the Lions with Foskey creates an interesting dynamic because while Foskey the person is ideal for Detroit, Foskey the player is not a soft position.

Foskey is an above average athlete who never stops working on a play, has elite character and is a weapon on special teams. He’s a hybrid pass rusher who wins with length and burst, but has also shown enough range to get into coverage at times. He is a staple on special teams because of his athleticism and willingness to work.

His positional adjustment in defense is not so clear. Foskey has many desirable pass rush attributes, and despite his size, he’s not efficient enough as an edge rusher to be the primary backup to Aidan Hutchinson on the open edge. He also didn’t take the next step in his development last season, which calls into question how high his developmental ceiling is.

At the end of the day, Foskey could be used in the SAM role the Lions started getting into late last season. But with James Houston and Julian Okwara already in that role, it would create a bit of a log at the position, unless the role becomes more prominent.

Other notes on Brugler’s apparent sketch

  • QB Watch: Four quarterbacks were projected in the first two rounds and three of those were selected after a team traded up. The Colts traded up for the No. 1 pick to select Bryce Young (Alabama). Texans He stayed at No. 2 and took Will Levis (Kentucky), who the Panthers traded up for the No. 5 pick to select CJ Stroud (state of ohio), and of course, the lion rose up as indicated.
  • NFC North: The Bears go down and still land DT Jalen Carter (Georgia) … ouch. The Packers have landed EDGE Lukas Van Ness (Iowa) after being traded to the Lions. And the Vikings try to protect their formidable secondary with CB Deonte Banks (Maryland).
  • Local connection: Three Wolverines were selected in the second round, NT Mazi Smith went the brown ones At No. 42, CB DJ Turner went to the Cowboys at No. 58, and DL Mike Morris went to the Chiefs at No. 62. No other Michigan colleges selected players in this mock draft.

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