In the latest seven-round mock draft released by CBS Sports, the Lions trade down two spots with the Denver Broncos, which move up to select quarterback Justin Fields with the seventh overall pick. For the Lions, they address their needs at wide receiver and in the secondary in Josh Edwards' latest mock. With the ninth selection, Detroit drafts Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle.
At this present juncture, I tend to think the performance of the secondary will be underwhelming once again in 2021. While I like the cost-effective approach of the Lions in adding cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Corn Elder and safety Dean Marlowe, I don't think those acquisitions will prove to be hugely impactful for the organization. Of the three aforementioned individuals, I believe that Dunbar will be the most productive, and could end up being good enough to be brought back in 2022.
Too often as fans, we narrow our scope for the NFL Draft. We focus heavily on the players that may be available when our team picks—specifically in the first round—and fail to look at the surrounding players that could be our team’s choice if they decide to trade up or trade down (I’m 100 percent guilty of this). Obviously, an NFL general manager can’t approach the draft this way.