2023 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN gives Detroit Lions assists on both sides of the ball

on ESPN Jordan Reed Releases His First Fake Draft of the 2023 NFL Season ($Subscription) And he delivers Detroit Lions He assists on both sides of the ball – although one of his scores is a bit unorthodox.

Let’s jump right in.

Round 1, Pick 6 (via Rams): Brian Pressey, DT, Clemson

We restarted the files Mock project tour series A month ago, with the Rams’ draft pick down to the 6-7 range, Bresee has become a popular choice among those who don’t expect a quarterback against the Lions.

Let’s hear from Reed on why he made the drop:

The Lions have quickly turned into one of the most exciting teams in the league, but their defense still requires a lot of work. Detroit allows 6.3 yards per game and 398.7 yards per game, both last in the NFL. The defensive front has promising playmakers like Aidan Hutchinson, Alim McNeil and James Houston, but the addition of Pressey will give the Lions a solid quarterback. He’ll fit into Detroit’s scheme right away as a 1-or-3 style, and I already see the pro ready arsenal of quick passing moves to complement his heavy hands against the run.”

Pairing the Lions with a defensive tackle is a smart business, and right now, that feels right in the dropable Bresee range (the redshirt sophomore has already declared his intentions to enter this draft cycle).

While Georgia’s Jalen Carter garners attention in the center stack, Pressey is the best clear defensive tackle in the category. But make no mistake, this is not a case where Reid simply pairs lions with need, Bresee (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) has legitimate Top 10 potential.

The biggest blow to Briese is that he’s missed 12 games in the past two seasons, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Yes, he missed eight games in 2021 with a torn ACL, but after 11 months of rehab, his knee has fixed without problems this season and it looks like it’s not a problem moving forward. The four games he missed in 2022 were due to the tragic death of his 15-year-old sister (cancer), kidney infection, and sore throat, all understandable circumstances for him to miss a football game.

First round, pick 18: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Well, sure, drafting a first-round draft back will drive some people crazy, but let’s hear what Reid had to say about why he made this pairing:

The improved play of Jared Goff has allayed the need to draft a future quarterback, but the key to continued success from Goff will be keeping the first-class firepower around him. The D’Andre Swift-Jamal Williams duo has been sensational this season, but from The setback is likely not in the team’s long-term plans.Swift battled durability issues and entered the final year of his deal in 2023, while Williams is set to become a free agent this season.Robinson would be a big promotion after rushing for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2022. His contact balance and shortstop speed are great, but he also has reliable hands and can be deployed as a receiver from many alignments.”

Robinson (6-foot-0, 220 lbs) is a complete running back to get into the NFL since Saquon Barkley, and is a player he’s often compared to. Once you dig into the highlights, it’s easy to see why. Here are a couple for you to look at:

Placement value is really the only argument against Robinson, but if you can get past that, it will be fun to watch him run behind the Lions offensive line.

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