Lions Target Wide Receiver, EDGE in Mel Kiper’s Latest Mock Draft

Lions Target Wide Receiver, EDGE in Mel Kiper’s Latest Mock Draft

Mel Kiper has released his latest two-round NFL mock draft.

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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper has released his latest two-round NFL mock draft, and this edition has the Lions targeting a wide receiver in the first round and a talented edge rusher in the second round.

With the No. 29 overall pick, the Lions added Texas wideout Adonai Mitchell.

According to Kiper, “Detroit general manager Brad Holmes had a tremendous 2023 draft class, which featured impact contributions from tight end Sam LaPorta, running back Jahmyr Gibbs, defensive back Brian Branch and linebacker Jack Campbell. Can he do it again? Looking at this Lions roster, there aren’t many holes to fill. I could make the case for them taking a depth interior offensive lineman, an edge rusher or a corner, but receiver also stands out, particularly one who could run vertical routes and play on the other side of Jameson Williams.”

At 6-foot-2, the talented wideout recorded an impressive 40-yard dash time (4.34) at the scouting combine. While wideout may not be an area of need, the team has the ability to select an offensive skill player early in the draft due to the upgrades made to the defense in free agency.

With Detroit’s second-pick, the NFL draft analyst has the Lions targeting Adisa Isaac out of Penn State.

“Isaac was overshadowed a bit by Chop Robinson, but he actually outproduced his teammate last season, racking up 7.5 sacks. He’s not as explosive as Robinson, but he’s a well-rounded defender who has an impressive get-off at the snap,” writes Kiper. “At 247 pounds, he could play in the edge-rushing rotation in Detroit, which needs to get more out of its pass-rushers not named Aidan Hutchinson.”

Isaac recorded a 72.9 pass-rush grade last season and finished with 33 pressures.

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