Detroit Lions mock draft 2018: Kiper flips to offense in version 2.0

Detroit Lions mock draft 2018: Kiper flips to offense in version 2.0

And deciding whether to re-sign Davis, and how hard to pursue a new deal, could have a ripple effect across Denver's draft blueprint. He played some special teams at LSU.

Ryan Tannehill is coming off a torn ACL that caused him to miss all of the 2017 season, and the Dolphins could part ways with him next year. Both of those players stayed healthy in 2017, but what if that doesn't happen in 2018? When Mel thinks offense, the Titans go defense and vice-versa. "If you move down, a guy that would fit that mold [at 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds] would be [cornerback] Josh Jackson from Iowa". He could have sat out the bowl game against Central Michigan.

At this point in the offseason, predictions for the Los Angeles Rams' first pick in the NFL Draft have gotten pretty repetitive. He spent last year's first-round pick on Derek Barnett despite already having Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, so I don't think it's out of the question that he could opt for a talented defensive tackle to play in a rotation with Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan. Smith is projected to fall anywhere from the middle of the first round to the early part of the second. (Redshirt sophomores usually aren't on their radar.) A player with his size (330 pounds) and mobility, as young as he is (he's not yet 21), is sure to garner interest in National Football League circles.

After publishing his second mock draft Wednesday morning, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. discussed why he projects the Broncos will select quarterback Sam Darnold with the fifth-overall pick. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Edmunds doesn't look like a traditional middle linebacker, but he's such a physical specimen that you can't rule it out. His length and quick burst helped him compile 202 tackles and 10 sacks over his final two seasons with the Hokies.


The other Mountain West player who cracked the first-round is former Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. He is also a proven victor on the field.

Harold Landry and Maruice Hurst are two defensive options that may be of interest to Lions fans who not only are still available when the Lions come up in Kiper's mock but out of the first round entirely.

Kiper applauded him for playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Central Michigan and in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Penny will have an opportunity to improve his standing in front of NFL talent evaluators at next week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he will be joined by SDSU fullback Nick Bawden, cornerback Kameron Kelly and tight end David Wells.

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