Allen Park — Each week during the college football season, we’ll be highlighting five prospects with locally-televised matchups who could be a fit for the Detroit Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft, based on the team’s projected needs.
Every week, the list will aim to highlight a variety of early-, mid- and late-round prospects. This will give you a chance to watch the players performing live, instead of playing catch-up the weeks before the draft.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (No. 2)
Texas Tech at No. 6 Oklahoma | Noon | FOX
The Lions will be entering an interesting crossroads with their receiving corps next offseason. Danny Amendola will be 34 years old and a free agent, while Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay will both be entering the final year of their contracts.
If it’s a choice, re-signing Golladay would likely be the priority. Regardless, it’s looking like receiver will be a need. Lamb will be one of the top options in this class. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder is a big play machine, averaging 18.3 yards per reception during his three-year college career, while scoring 21 touchdowns in 30 games.
He’s also a willing blocker who capably executes his assignments in space, an underrated and valuable trait at the position.
Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia (No. 34)
No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC
Rashaan Melvin is off to an outstanding start with the Lions, but he’s also on a one-year deal. And beyond him, the roster depth merits an upgrade after former second-round pick Teez Tabor didn’t work out.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Hall offers a solid frame and length for the position. Additionally, he ramped up his ball skills as a junior last season, breaking up 21 passes. His extensive experience playing man coverage would transfer well to playing in Detroit’s defensive scheme.
Jacob Eason, QB, Washington (No. 10)
No. 21 USC at No. 17 Washington | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
It’s possible the Lions enter next offseason comfortable with the team’s backup quarterback situation, between the recent additions Jeff Driskel and David Blough. But if Eason were available on Day 2, it’s a conversation the team would need to have.
A large frame with huge arm, Eason measures 6-foot-6, 235 pounds. After starting his college career at Georgia, he transferred to Washington after losing his starting job while injured. After sitting out the 2018 season because of transfer rules, Eason is off to a hot start for the Huskies, completing 73.1 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
USC will provide the stiffest challenge Eason has seen this season, which will put his inconsistent decision-making to the test.
Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State (No. 39)
No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Perhaps you’ve heard, the Lions like their linebackers big.
Harris checks in around 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, more stout than most college prospects coming into the league. Given his size, he’s been surprisingly good in coverage, allowing a Big Ten-best 62.4 passer rating against as a junior. To start this season, Harrison has picked up his playmaking around the line of scrimmage, tallying 7.0 tackles for a loss through four games.
Unless he surprises at the combine, Harrison probably isn’t athletic enough to merit early-round attention in the draft. As a Day 3 option, he could provide the Lions with reliable depth behind Jarrad David and Jahlani Tavai, while bolstering Detroit’s special teams.
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn (No. 76)
Mississippi State at No. 7 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN
From Nigeria, Wanogho got so tired of cliche questions after moving to the U.S. in 2014 he made up a story about owning a pet giraffe.
That’s pretty awesome, but it isn’t what makes him appealing as a prospect. No, that’s his 6-foot-7 frame and fluid athleticism. Graded as the best pass protector in the SEC by Pro Football Focus, he reportedly allowed just 11 pressures in 13 games in 2018.
For frame of reference, Detroit’s starting offensive tackles, Taylor Decker and Rick Wagner, each allowed seven pressures in Week 1.
Published at Fri, 27 Sep 2019 08:43:32 +0000