2015 was a disappointing season for the Lions. They missed the playoffs and finished the season with a losing record of 7-9. The team was forced to fire their general manager, Martin Mayhew on November 5, 2015. Sheldon White took over the rest of the season, but there was nothing he could do to save the sinking ship. On January 8, 2016 the Lions’ hired their new general manager Bob Quinn. It is now up to Quinn and the Detroit front of office to make this draft as beneficial to their team as possible.
Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, Defensive Tackle Round 1, Pick #16
Graham Glasgow, Center, University of Michigan
Glasgow is a strong player with a good anchor, but has heavy feet and struggles to react to quickness. He is very scheme versatile and could play any of the interior line spots, but his off field issues could prove to be problematic. At the center position the Lions’ have Travis Swanson as a fairly solid starter. Swanson’s back up Gabe Ikard showed promise entering the league out of Oklahoma two years ago but has failed to stick on an NFL roster since. Glasgow’s presence will create competition with Swanson or at the very least provide depth.
Round 4, Pick #111
Miles Killebrew, Safety, Southern Utah
The Lions have a lot of talent at the safety position with pro bowler Glover Quinn, recently signed former Patriot Travon Wilson and former Saint Rafael Bush. Miles Killebrew’s confidence and aggressiveness on the field will make him a valuable back up to the Lions and could potentially lead to a starting role. However, his average instincts and inability to anticipate run direction will have to be improved before he can compete to be a starting safety.
Round 5, Pick #151
Joe Dahl, Tackle, Washington St.
Riley Reiff is the projected starting LT for the Lions; he is versatile and a solid player. Behind Reiff there is Michael Ola, Cornelius Lucas, and Corey Robinson. Ola and Lucas are not great, Robinson has shown promise, but needs more development. By drafting Joe Dahl the Lions are getting a player, who does well in maintaining his initial block and is quick to recover, when beaten in pass protection. He does well shifting weight for inside moves and uses a wide base as a run blocker. However, they are also receiving a player who does not possess second level quickness for cutoff blocks and allows bull rusher to push the pocket, due to poor hand work. Dahl will be a good back up tackle, eventual starter, and will provide competition for Ola, Lucas, and Robinson, but the Lions may want to move him to OG.
Round 5, Pick #169
Antwione Williams, Linebacker, Georgia Southern
At 6’3″ and 245 Ibs, Williams certainly has the size to be a successful NFL LB. He is efficient in identifying plays and recognizing running lanes, thus deterring running backs, and thrives in zone coverage. Williams is large and has exceptional arm length, but does not always play to his full length or athleticism. Currently, on their roster the Lions have one of the best pass coverage linebackers in the league, DeAndre Levy. Along side Levy there is, Kyle Van Noy, who has not been productive the past two years, and Tahir Whitehead, Jerry Franklin, and Josh Bynes, who have all bounced around the league. It is safe to say that drafting a linebacker was essential for the Lions, but only time will tell whether Williams will be successful in Detroit.
Round 6, Pick #191
Jimmy Landes, long snapper, Baylor
Landes has good accuracy on his punt snaps with a good snap speed. He had accurate field goal snaps all of the 2015 seasons, but had minor issues in 2014. The down side of Landes is his athleticism. Landes is not an athlete and is unlikely to make tackles on punt coverage.
Round 7, Pick #236
Dwayne Washington, running back, Washington
On the roster at the running back position the Lions have a good mix of young guys and veterans. Zach Zenner, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, George Winn, and Stevan Ridley make for a pretty sold group of players. The newest addition to the crew, Dwayne Washington, has 68 yards despite not many carries. He is a former wide receiver, which gives him the added benefit of being an effective pass catcher and also gives him the ability to beat out linebackers. However, Washington thrives, mainly, when he only has to run in a straight line, struggles when he has to make quick decisive cuts, and lacks creativity. Washington was likely drafted for his developmental potential and to add depth to the position.
2016 NFL Draft Schedule
Day 1 (Round 1) | Thursday, April 28, 8:00pm ET
Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) | Friday, April 29, 7:00pm ET
Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) | Saturday, April 30, 12:00pm ET