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Updated: 2018-04-26T13:00:02-04:00

 



2018 NFL Draft Round 1: Date, time, TV schedule, draft order, more

2018-04-26T13:00:02-04:00

Everything you need to know about Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft. The long, long wait is over. It’s been nearly four full months since the Detroit Lions’ 2017 season has ended. Since that very moment, many fans have turned their entire focus to the 2018 NFL Draft. And on Thursday, their patience will finally be rewarded. The first round of the NFL Draft will take place on Thursday, and the Lions currently have the 20th overall pick in the first round. Just about anything can happen that late in the draft, and there’s no guarantee Detroit holds onto that pick anyhow. So to witness the long-awaited event of the offseason, be sure to tune in Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s all of the TV information you’re going to need. Day 1: Round 1 When: Thursday, April 26—8 p.m. ETTime per pick: 10 minutesTV channels: ESPN, NFL Network, FOX (playing NFL Network broadcast)Online streaming: NFL.com; WatchESPN; FoxSportsGoApproximate time of Lions pick: 10:15-10:30 p.m. And here’s a look at the first-round draft order: 1. Cleveland Browns2. New York Giants3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts)4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)5. Denver Broncos6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers8. Chicago Bears9. San Francisco 49ers10. Oakland Raiders11. Miami Dolphins12. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals)13. Washington14. Green Bay Packers15. Arizona Cardinals16. Baltimore Ravens17. Los Angeles Chargers18. Seattle Seahawks19. Dallas Cowboys20. Detroit Lions21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)24. Carolina Panthers25. Tennessee Titans26. Atlanta Falcons27. New Orleans Saints28. Pittsburgh Steelers29. Jacksonville Jaguars30. Minnesota Vikings31. New England Patriots32. Philadelphia Eagles [...]



Mike Mayock 2018 NFL mock: Detroit Lions land Harold Landry

2018-04-26T12:00:07-04:00

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The Lions get their most coveted player in Mike Mayock’s only mock draft.

Now that the dust of Mock Draft Season has settled, it’s pretty clear who most Detroit Lions fans want the team to draft in the first round. Boston College’s Harold Landry is the edge rushing prospect Lions fans have been seeking for years now. As of Thursday morning, 22 percent of Lions fans are hoping Landry becomes the newest Lions defender, two percentage points more than Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, and 10 percentage points more than the next highest player in the draft class.

NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock believes Detroit fans will get their wish on Thursday, as he slotted Landry to the Lions in his one and only 2018 NFL Mock Draft. “The edge rusher is the best dip-and-flatten guy in the draft,” Mayock wrote about Landry.

Detroit’s need for an elite pass rusher is well-known at this point. Detroit finished the 2017 season with just 35 sacks—good for just 20th in the league. Looking forward, the Lions could be without any premier pass rushers as soon as 2019, when former first-round pick Ezekiel Ansah’s contract expires. Considering the Lions tagged Ansah with the franchise tag this year, it’s clear they’re weary of handing him a long-term contract.

If he is the pick, Landry could step in and be a rotational player to start the year, sharing time with Kerry Hyder, Anthony Zettel and Devon Kennard (should the Lions utilize him as an edge). Then, if the Lions move on from Ansah in 2019, Landry could become the team’s premier edge defender for the foreseeable future.

In Mayock’s mock, the Lions passed over several interior offensive linemen, including Frank Ragnow, Isaiah Wynn and Will Hernandez, as well as running backs Derrius Guice and Sony Michel—all of which went shortly after Detroit’s pick.




Roundtable: Who will be the Detroit Lions’ first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?

2018-04-26T11:00:02-04:00

The POD staff makes their predictions for the Lions’ first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Roundtable is back and we’re ready to take on the 2018 NFL Draft. With less than 24 hours until the first round begins, it’s time for the Pride of Detroit staff to make their predictions for the first round. For the past two years, the Detroit Lions have oddly been predictable with their first-round picks. Left tackle Taylor Decker was the worst-kept secret for Detroit in 2016, while the Jarrad Davis predictions were rolling in the Thursday of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now we’ll try to make it three in a row, as our staff makes their best predictions for the Lions’ first draft pick. Who will be the Lions’ first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? Jeremy Reisman: Astute readers may have noticed that I posed this question as “the Lions’ first pick” not “the Lions’ first-round pick.” There is a reason for that. I’m already on record (via this week’s PODcast) saying that the Lions will trade down. I’m not saying the Lions will trade out of the first round, but I certainly think it’s within the realm of possibilities. As for the pick, I’m going to go with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. This is a particularly difficult pick to predict, as it seems like nearly 10 prospects would make a good fit in Detroit. Though Matt Patricia said this week that he wouldn’t let his personal affinity for linebackers get in the way of his drafting tendencies, Vander Esch will be too tempting for the Lions toward the end of the first round. He’s wildly athletic, he’s got a mean streak and he’s a devastating tackler. He may only have one year of starting experience under his belt, but he proved in that one year that he can be a run-stopping machine. Gimme that. (Editor’s note: I made this pick before Alex Reno copied me in his final mock draft.) Andrew Kato: While I am on “Team Trade Down,” that is not something I expect to happen on draft day given general manager Bob Quinn’s track record. While he may want to trade back to accumulate draft picks, it seems unlikely to involve the first round pick. The reason the Lions want to stay put is that Harold Landry will be on the board, and I agree with our Alex Reno that Landry is as close as we can get to a no-brainer in this spot. The Boston College edge rusher was number one on Jerry Mallory’s list of players both likely available and good fits for a reason. For extra spiciness: Marcus Davenport will be off the board and taken before Harold Landry, helping make this pick possible. Ryan Mathews: I’m on board with Kato; Landry should one-hundred percent be the pick if he’s still available at 20. The Lions can’t possibly make the same mistake they did when Aaron Donald was there at No. 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft, passing on a position simply because they had a player like Ndamukong Suh—in spite of not having a contingency plan and still looking for a defensive tackle capable of pushing the pocket four years later. With that being said, I’m with Jeremy in the belief Detroit will move off of the 20th pick and slide back in the draft. Just how far back is a mystery, but should the Lions still be on the clock near the tail-end of the first round, I think the pick is an offensive lineman. There are a ton of offensive guards—one of the biggest needs for this Lions team to address this weekend—available in the draft, ranging from the top 10 (Quenton Nelson) to the mid-to-late first round (Isaiah Wynn, Will Hernandez) to early Day 2 selections (Frank Ragnow, James Daniels, Billy Price, Austin Corbett). Bob Quinn is a man clearly concerned with building up this offensive line, spending draft capital and big money in free agency to improve it during his first two seasons as general manager. So, the Lions move back, add an extra second and/or third round pick, and choose with their first selection, Billy Price, interior offensive lineman from Ohio State—the latest addition of a former Big T[...]



NFL Draft rumors: Detroit Lions ‘open to moving back in the first round’

2018-04-26T10:00:10-04:00

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This comes as no surprise, but the Lions are apparently mulling a trade down.

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has not made it a secret this offseason that he would be interested in attaining more draft picks. The Lions have the fewest picks of any team in the 2018 NFL Draft, with just six picks overall. That’s not a great place for this franchise to be, according to Quinn.

“I’m always in the business of getting more draft picks. I think that’s just good for business,” Quinn said last week. “The more you get, the more you’re going to hit on, so if we can acquire more picks, that would be something I’d look forward to.”

While that could certainly be a smokescreen, attempting to prevent teams from jumping them in the draft for a prospect they may be interested in, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the interest in moving down could very well be real:

Acquiring more picks certainly seems like a goal worth pursuing, especially considering Detroit’s many needs and the players expected to be there at 20 overall. However, the fact that there are at least three other teams interested in moving down could make it tougher for Detroit to make that happen. The Ravens (Pick 16) and Seahawks (Pick 18) are ahead of the Lions in the draft, making their pick more valuable, but also more expensive. The Titans (Pick 25) don’t have much room to trade down, unless a team is looking to jump back into the first round from Round 2.

Of course, the desire to move down always seems to be popular before the draft. Pulling off an actual trade is much more difficult than just wishing it to happen, and Quinn has only pulled off one draft day trade in two years. Could this be the year he does it in the first round? We’ll know in a matter of hours.




2018 NFL mock draft: The Lions add a key piece to their defense

2018-04-26T09:00:04-04:00

Our full first-round mock is here. See who your Lions took with the 20th overall pick. You are guaranteed to have a strong opinion about it. The 2018 NFL Draft is now less than a day away, so it’s time to present to you our yearly first-round mock draft. Last year, we mocked six players to their correct teams (not quite as good as 2016 where we matched 10 players). We’ve also correctly guessed the Detroit Lions’ first round pick two years in a row now, so let’s try and make it a three-peat. 1. Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold - QB There is a decent chance that the Browns screw this pick up and go with the tall drink of glass out of Wyoming, but I’ve felt for some time now that Darnold will be the pick. Darnold has his issues and isn’t my favorite QB in this year’s class, but he’s been linked here the most and is the safer pick than Allen. And no, Saquon Barkley will not go first overall. 2. New York Giants - Josh Rosen - QB Eli Manning, blah blah blah. We know the situation in New York, and we know that the Giants could take Bradley Chubb or Barkley here to address a more immediate need while Eli mans the ship for another year, but in this league, you need a QB and I don’t think the Giants will be able to get their guy for the future if they sit back and wait until their second round pick. 3. New York Jets - Josh Allen - QB If the Jets were smart, they’d go with either Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield here, but my guess is they won’t because they’re the Jets. I know they’ve cancelled all meetings with non-QB prospects and traded picks to get here, but I wouldn’t even be surprised if Bowles took the reins and decided to go with Chubb here either. These are the Jets. 4. Cleveland Browns - Bradley Chubb - EDGE With Barkley on the board still, that should be the popular pick, but I think getting an edge rusher here provides so much more value, and the Browns could look to dominate the trenches with Chubb and Myles Garrett. 5. Denver Broncos - Saquon Barkley - RB The Broncos desperately need to help their QB (or draft one) and right now, that’s Case Keenum. They could either go Quenton Nelson here or a skill player like Barkley. The Broncos need help in the passing game, moreso at wide receiver, but luckily, Barkley is the most dangerous weapon in the passing game in this year’s draft. 6. Indianapolis Colts - Tremaine Edmunds - LB The Colts need all the help they can get on defense with their transition to a 4-3 scheme. Unfortunately for them, there aren’t many top-tier pass rushers to choose from, so they’ll have to settle for an athletic stud of an inside linebacker. I know, sucks for them. 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Minkah Fitzpatrick - S Take your pick between Fitzpatrick and Derwin James. Having Fitzpatrick as the deep safety and moving Evans over into the box with Conte leaving would be an ideal situation for the Bucs. I was not a big fan of Evans, but he had a decent year as a rookie. He won’t have to worry about giving up the deep ball anymore with Fitzpatrick in town. 8. Chicago Bears - Quenton Nelson - OG Damnit, no. This just sucks. 9. San Francisco 49ers - Harold Landry - EDGE The 49ers need pass rushing help in the worst way, and Landry fits the bill as one of the top pass rushers in the draft. I could also see Roquan Smith being a nice option here with everything that’s going on with Reuben Foster. 10. Oakland Raiders - Roquan Smith - LB If he’s here, then it’s a no-brainer. This seems to be the most popular pick for the Raiders and it makes plenty of sense. Another option would be to address their need at cornerback and select Ward out of Ohio State. 11. Miami Dolphins - Baker Mayfield - QB Ryan Tannehill’s days are numbered and I really like the idea of the Dolphins taking either Mayfield or Lamar Jackson here. It was between them or Vita Vea, who could help soften the blow after Ndamukong Suh’s departure. 12. Buffalo Bills - Lamar Jackson -[...]



Watch Pride of Detroit’s 2018 NFL Draft War Room LIVE at 8 p.m. ET

2018-04-26T08:00:06-04:00

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Watch the Pride of Detroit staff LIVE from their own draft War Room during the 1st round of the draft.

We’re doing it BIG for the 2018 NFL Draft this year. For the first time ever, the Pride of Detroit crew will be hosting its own draft show during the first round of the draft.

Sick of ESPN spending two minutes on the Lions’ pick? Frustrated by NFL Network talking for hours on the quarterbacks taken? Turn them both off and follow along with your favorite Pride of Detroit personalities LIVE on Facebook.

Here’s what’s happening. Literally 90 percent of the Pride of Detroit crew will be together in our own, private War Room. Here’s a list of people you can expect to be there in person:

  • Jeremy Reisman
  • Alex Reno
  • Ryan Mathews
  • Kent Lee Platte
  • Andrew Kato
  • Mike Payton
  • Andrew Kato
  • Jerry Mallory
  • Kyle Yost
  • And maybe even 1 or 2 special guests that have yet to confrim

We will be broadcasting for the full four hours of the first round, providing live updates on each pick and how it affects the Detroit Lions. We’ll be making predictions, providing analysis and maybe even have a call-in guest or two.

We’ll have a live feed of the event embedded in the NFL Draft open thread later tonight, but if you want to comment and ask questions, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and jump over there right around 8 p.m. ET when the first round draft begins.

Happy Draft Day, everyone!




VIDEO: Jerry Mallory’s final Lions 7-round mock draft

2018-04-26T07:00:04-04:00

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Check out Jerry Mallory’s final 7-round mock for the Lions.

It’s Draft Day and we’re coming strong with a ton of content today. Kicking off our long day of mock drafts, predictions, news, rumors, and analysis is Jerry Mallory, who continues his world reunion tour with a final 7-round mock draft.

Watch above as Jerry makes his six picks for the Detroit Lions in the 2018 NFL Draft. Before you even click play, I’ll let you know that three of Jerry’s first four picks are linemen.

What do you think of Jerry’s mock? Would you be happy with this haul from the Lions? Sound off in the comment section below, and be sure to give him a grade in the poll. You can also let Jerry know what you think directly by contacting him via Twitter @JerryMalloryNFL




Open thread: Who should the Detroit Lions draft in the first round?

2018-04-26T06:00:02-04:00

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It’s draft day! Time to vote on your favorite first round prospect.

Draft Day is finally here. At 8 p.m. ET, the 2018 NFL Draft will begin and all 32 teams will prepare to utilize the days upon days and hours upon hours of scouting the personnel department has been doing for over a year now.

Unlike previous years, there isn’t a favorite for the Detroit Lions’ first-round draft pick. Sitting at 20th overall, it seems like the possibilities are endless for the Lions, and as a result, mock drafts have been all over the place. Linebackers, defensive ends, offensive guards, cornerbacks, defensive tackles, centers and even tight ends have been mocked to the Lions throughout the past four months.

But now it’s time to make your choice. Now it is time for the Lions fanbase to let their choice be heard. Today’s Question of the Day is:

Who should the Detroit Lions draft in the first round.

My answer: [REDACTED]

Sorry, you’re just going to have to wait for my choice/prediction. We have staff predictions coming later in the day. In the meantime, I don’t want to sway the poll results below.

Let’s hear it. What should be the name on the Lions’ draft card on Thursday night?