It’s an unusual thought exercise, but it would appear to be a no-brainer selection for the Lions in landing the talented quarterback outside the top 10. Normally projected in the top five, Fields plummets to Lions land thanks to a surge in offensive tackles and the rise of BYU QB Kyle Wilson, who goes at No. 4 overall.
11. Detroit Lions: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
It’s hard to predict what the Lions will do without knowing who the general manager and head coach will be, but Matthew Stafford is 32 years old, and the team could get out of his contract after next season with a limited cap hit. Drafting his replacement would make perfect sense.
As Miller smartly notes, it’s way too early to know what the Lions will do. The team still lacks a GM and a head coach. But this mock shines a light at a possibility that most Lions fans would never see coming.
This is Miller’s final production for Bleacher Report, and as someone who worked with him for over two years while covering the Lions at B/R, I wish Miller nothing but the best in his new path.