The critiques have been blended for the Detroit Lions’ Day 2 picks from the 2018 NFL draft.
The Lions beefed up their working sport by taking Auburn working again Kerryon Johnson within the second spherical (No. 43 total) on Friday, then made a head-scratcher of a decide by taking Louisiana-Lafayette security Tracy Walker within the third spherical (No. 82).
Johnson’s choice largely was praised by nationwide NFL pundits.
The Walker decide evoked recollections of the Matt Millen period.
Here’s how the Lions graded out on Friday:
RB Kerryon Johnson
They stated it: “Opinion from a “source” having an nervousness assault: You know the way the Seahawks at all times have 5 working backs who was receivers, they usually all look nice in that one spotlight per yr the place they take a dump-off cross 50 yards after Russell Wilson scrambles for 5 minutes, however they common 2.four yards per carry the remaining of the time till they land on injured reserve? Well, (the Lions) simply drafted one of these.”
They stated it: “I love this pick. The Lions have their lead runner. He will be a big-time producer on the ground.”
They stated it: “Bob Quinn takes his biggest swing as Lions GM at solving the NFL’s worst rushing attack — and he links up with old pal Bill Belichick in moving up eight spots and sending No. 117 to New England to do it. That’s a decent amount to give up, but Johnson is one of the more underrated backs in this class, a really tough runner who gains every inch and matches the mold of first-rounder Frank Ragnow.”
They stated it: “Johnson didn’t really turn it on until the end of his career at Auburn, and I don’t know if he’s a special talent. But he could start in the NFL for a while if things go right.”
They stated it: “Still no Derrius Guice? The Lions taking Kerryon Johnson makes more sense than Guice because of their scheme, plus he’s a better fit for the type of player the Bill Belichick tree likes. Johnson will mesh well with Matthew Stafford, as he’ll be a big weapon out of the backfield, catching all of the passes thrown at or behind the line of scrimmage, a staple of Detroit’s offense. I’m not sure the Lions had to trade up for Johnson, but I like this pick.”
They stated it: “Tracy Walker performed a hybrid nickelback-like position for the Ragin’ Cajuns and was simply ok at every little thing to be a wonderful defender on the mid-major stage. At the NFL stage, he’ll battle towards high quality slot receivers and is an excessive amount of of a dive-stick tackler to be efficient in run assist. Walker is a high-motor participant with good instincts, so he’s price a developmental flier. This is a bit of early for the Lions to start out taking fliers.
They stated it: “Matt Patricia likes again finish gamers with versatility and this child has it. That’s a very good decide.”
They stated it: “Good dimension, small palms however some playmaking ability. Walker has began since early in his profession in faculty however hasn’t developed fairly the way in which scouts had hoped. In reality, a couple of groups talked about utilizing him as a nook together with his dimension — particularly his lengthy arms. His instincts for security may simply be common, however his athleticism is stable.”
They stated it: “Wow, okay, certain. Walker’s a stable athlete with stable dimension and stable stats. Didn’t actually anticipate to listen to his identify till halfway by way of tomorrow.”
Grade: “The Ghost of Millen strikes once more”
They stated it: “Ladies and gents, our first (Matt) Millen decide of the second day of the draft! Tracy Walker is a late-round prospect with good instincts, however he appears extra like a special-teams participant. The Lions virtually actually might have gotten Walker within the (later) rounds.”