Who Might be The Lions Day Two Selections in the 2017 Draft?

Before the draft I put out my series of Draft Tiers. Tier one was the players I believed would immediately make two positions better. Lions first round pick Jarrad Davis was among those I put in that group. Tier Two were players I believed would immediately start for the Lions from the moment they walked in the door.  Rather than a straight copy of my impact tiers, this is a list of the top 35 remaining players for Lions day two selection, most of whom made those lists. Every one of these players will be a starter in the NFL in my opinion.

Lions Day Two Draft Selections: The Best of The Rest

  1. Chidobe Awuzie
    • A toolbox corner capable of playing any coverage well.
  2. Cordrea Tankersley
    • A ball-hawking press corner, but not lost in other coverage types.
  3. Joe Mixon
    • The best RB in the draft, but also, the most controversial pick.
  4. Obi Melifonwu
    • The Draft’s premier workout warrior, but he can also play.
  5. Dalvin Cook
    • Off the field issues are the reason he is still on the board.
  6. Forrest Lamp
    • The best offensive lineman in this draft, immediately a great guard.
  7. Buddah Baker
    • Hard hitting but slightly undersized safety.
  8. Alvin Kamara
    • Dynamic return ability, and explosive one cut runner.
  9. Zay Jones
    • The best hands in the draft. good speed, decent size.
  10. Kevin King
    • Big and athletic corner used to being the guy across the field from a great CB.
  11. Dan Feeney
    • A high end interior lineman that would finish off the Lions overhaul.
  12. Akhelo Witherspon
    • This corner has ideal height, and athleticism. He gets his hands on balls.
  13. Carl Lawson
    • The best pass rusher left in the draft, better than a couple that were taken already.
  14. Tarell Basham
    • The most promising pass rusher in the draft, May become better than some who have already been taken.
  15. Amara Darboh
    • Excellent hands, big bodied, and good speed are why a team might want him.
  16. Malik McDowell
    • Inconsistent effort and bad interviews, but a very talented lineman.
  17. Fabian Moreau
    • He was a very good corner but the injuries are concerning
  18. Josh Jones
    • Aggressive play making safety. Freakishly good athlete.
  19. Caleb Brantley
    • Interior pass rusher that gets the job done vs the run too.
  20. Tyus Bowser
    • Flamethrower off the edge, but also able to handle coverage a bit.
  21. Jordan Willis
    • The left defensive end type the Lions need across from Ziggy Ansah
  22. Marcus Maye
    • Field general type safety that kept Florida’s talented group organized.
  23. Cooper Kupp
    • He’s a smart receiver who understands his limitations and works within them to get the best results.
  24. Derek Rivers
    • Raw small-school pass rusher that has the traits to become a game-changer.
  25. Adam Shaheen
    • Raw small-school tight end that has the traits to become a game-changer
  26. Tyler Elflein
    • Polished interior offensive lineman. Snaps it directly to the QB without a glance, every time. Like clockwork.
  27. Chris Wormley
    • Big and athletic Michigan lineman. May be able to do more than asked in college
  28. Justin Evans
    • Athletic safety prospect. More of a hitter than a form tackler.
  29. Montravious Adams
    • Thick three-technique with an explosive first step off the ball.
  30. Dalvin Tomlinson
    • He’s a very similar player to A’Shawn Robinson, but a bit more burst.
  31. Zach Cunningham
    • Slick coverage linebacker with insane hype he wouldn’t match, but a great value in round three.
  32. Curtis Samuel
    • Able to fill in as a RB, but likely going to make his living downfield and returning kicks.
  33. Rasul Douglas
    • A big-bodied corner who may need to transition to safety.
  34. Alex Anzalone
    • Injuries are the thing that have held Anzalone back from being among the elite linebackers of this class.
  35. Nathan Peterman
    • If you’re looking for a day two quarterback, this is the best one. I don’t think the Lions are, but if they were…

Those are my top 35 players who remain on the board. I will be disappointed if the Lions day two choices aren’t on this list.

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Ash Thompson
Ash Thompson is a fanatical football fan, and less fanatical hockey fan despite his Canadian heritage. He is sorry aboot that. His spirit animal is a beaver with a shark's head. He is also known as /u/a5hcrack on reddit, and can be found on twitter @a5hcrack