PFF draft board: Detroit Lions

Analyst Bryson Vesnaver takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Lions' needs.

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PFF draft board: Detroit Lions


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Detroit Lions:

Round 1 (16th overall)

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Conklin is our second-ranked tackle, so it’s definitely possible that he doesn’t make it this far. But if he does, the Lions shouldn’t hesitate to draft him. Conklin is an incredibly powerful run-blocker who can hold his own in pass protection. For a Lions team in desperate need of a tackle, Conklin is a fantastic fit.

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

The Lions already have a No. 1 corner in Darius Slay, but adding one that’s 6-foot tall and runs a 4.37 40-yard dash would be a great fit for their defense. Jackson is a physical corner with a ton of upside and plays an aggressive style that the Lions would definitely welcome to their defense.

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Floyd was our highest-graded outside linebacker in all of college football last season, and was top-five in both pass-rush productivity and run-stop percentage. He’s a versatile player that can play both off-the-ball and on the edge for a Lions’ front seven that could use another playmaker.

Round 2 (46th overall)

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

The Lions could use another big interior defender who can get after the quarterback, and Washington fits that role well. While he’s not great in any one area, he was solid against the run and had the third-ranked pass-rush grade in the nation (+32.0) last season. He fits well as a three-technique in the Lions’ 4-3 defense.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Another option at corner, Reed could be a big-time contributor to the Lions’ pass defense. He can play both man and zone, and more importantly, he makes plays on the football. He was second in the nation last season with 14 pass breakups, and allowed just 48.3 percent of the targets he saw to be completed.

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Lions’ run-game improved measurably last year when they switched to a power-run scheme with Jim Bob Cooter, and if they’re looking for a tackle that fits that scheme, then Decker could be their man. He’s a very powerful down-the-line blocker and his pass-blocking, while needing work, has some positives.

Round 3 (95th overall)

Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

Henry is an explosive defensive tackle who would fit well as an interior pass-rusher in the Lions’ defense. Very few players in this class were able to fire off on the snap as quickly as Henry was last season. He needs some work in the run game, but would be effective as a situational pass-rusher right away.

Matt Skura, C, Duke

The Lions’ offensive line needs plenty of help, and Skura offers versatility that they could use. He can play center or guard and offers a powerful run-blocking skill-set. He can lock out big defensive tackles, as well as locate linebackers at the second level equally effectively.

Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern

One of the more intriguing things for the Lions when it comes to Lowry is his versatility, as he lined up all over at Northwestern. He’s at his best when attacking straight through offensive linemen. He projects as more of an interior run defender, but has the ability to play outside the tackle, too.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardDetroit Lions Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Jared GoffQBCal43
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
DeForest BucknerDIOregon25
Myles JackLBUCLA66
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Chris JonesDIMississippi State128
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State139
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1110
Corey ColemanWRBaylor911
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1012
William Jackson IIICBHouston1513
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State714
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1815
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2516
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1717
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2717
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1419
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3020
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3421
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2322
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2023
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3324
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1925
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2226
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3927
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3728
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4329
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4429
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2631
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3232
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3533
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5234
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1635
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4036
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2437
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5438
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6139
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2840
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5941
Ryan KellyCAlabama4242
Joshua GarnettGStanford5043
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2144
Su'a CravensLBUSC4845
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6846
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4747
Jeremy CashSDuke5348
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3849
Darron LeeLBOhio State8150
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7750
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5752
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5852
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5554
Eli AppleCBOhio State3155
Darius LathamDIIndiana8456
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7657
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7058
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6958
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4560
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4660
Willie HenryDIMichigan9960
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6063
Connor CookQBMichigan State7564
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7464
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5166
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7966
Christian WestermanGArizona State8568
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6269
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4970
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8071
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8672
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5673
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6774
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8875
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9176
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9776
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9378
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8278
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7180
Matt SkuraCDuke12880
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10782
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2983
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7384
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6685
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10285
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10887
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8388
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9689
Devin LucienWRArizona State9289
Braxton MillerWROhio State9889
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6492
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6392
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3694
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10994
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4196
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11996
Matt IoannidisDITemple12496
Vonn BellSOhio State9099
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126100
Alex CollinsRBArkansas87101
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA89102
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State94103
Austin HooperTEStanford125103
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132103
Steven DanielsLBBoston College101106
Joe DahlOTWashington State112107
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114107
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182109
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65110
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138111
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123112
Tavon YoungCBTemple115112
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78114
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150115
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118116
Austin BlytheCIowa203117
David MorganTEUTSA153118
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145119
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157120
Devon CajusteTEStanford174120
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180122
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173122
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222125
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230125
Cody KesslerQBUSC106125
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133128
Will ParksSArizona100129
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162129
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105131
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104132
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152133
Max TuerkCUSC113134
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146135
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110136
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111136
Jayron KearseSClemson120138
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117138
Jack AllenCMichigan State122138
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140141
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116142
Jihad WardDIIllinois159143
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131144
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95145
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191146
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129147
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130147
Devontae BookerRBUtah103149
Byron MarshallWROregon121150
Daniel LascoRBCal141151
Keanu NealSFlorida176152
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142153
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136153
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139153
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148156
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151157
Kevin HoganQBStanford143157
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149157
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154157
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147157
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187162
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185162
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186162
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188162
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160166
Terrell LathanDITCU167166
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163166
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156166
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192170
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161171
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166171
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155171
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165171
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135175
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137175
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204177
Nick VigilLBUtah State205177
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168179
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170179
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175179
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178179
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177179
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127184
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209184
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171186
Corey TindalCBMarshall172186
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158188
Ryker MathewsGBYU164188
Alex LewisOTNebraska183190
Joey HuntCTCU189190
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134192
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181193
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195194
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196194
Artie BurnsCBMiami144196
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210197
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201197
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206197
Blake MartinezLBStanford198197
Cody CoreWROle Miss184201
Kenny LawlerWRCal193201
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190201
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179204
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211205
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200205
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207205
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199205
Boston StiversonGKansas State237209
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238209
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243209
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194212
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197212
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169214
Ted KarrasGIllinois213215
Connor McGovernGMissouri202215
Teddy RubenWRTroy212215
T.J. GreenSClemson217218
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215218
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221220
Ian SeauEDGENevada219220
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220220
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214223
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218223
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216223
John TheusOTGeorgia231226
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232226
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233226
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241226
Jake BrendelCUCLA245226
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249226
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234226
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240226
Deion JonesLBLSU250226
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208235
Mike RoseEDGENC State223236
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244236
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246236
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242236
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225236
Jalen MillsCBLSU247236
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248236
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224243
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226243
Charone PeakeWRClemson229243
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236243
Trevor DavisWRCal239243
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227243
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235249
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228249

| Analyst

Bryson has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, and has also been a contributor to 120 Sports.

  • DIRTY MIKE &THE BOYZ

    I would love Conklin in the D! Idk about a DB or a LB in the 1st round for them though. They have to go OT or DT. My ideal pick for the lions would be Sheldon Rankins.