As of now, the Detroit Lions have nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, including two in the first round.
Aside from the second overall pick, which they had due to their 3-13-1 ranking last season, they also have the final first-round pick due to the trade that brought Matthew Stafford to the Rams from Los Angeles.
First-round picks are highly valued and false drafts dictated the Lions could opt for a defensive end.
Their selection will heavily depend on whether the Jacksonville Jaguars select Aidan Hutchinson, Trevon Walker or Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Last season, the Lions finished 30th in sacks, and improving their pass rush would be their biggest concern.
But while their first pick is reserved for a defensive player, it’s still unclear who they’ll get at number 32 and even number 34.
However, the latest developments from the Detroit camp could shed light on their strategy.
A die #The LionsThe last visits before the draft next week will be with Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, the sources say.
It’s the only known QB visit for Detroit, which has three of the top 34 picks, including No. 2 overall. Ongoing due diligence on top prospects.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 15, 2022
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero shared, “One of the last pre-draft visits from the #Lions next week will be with Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, sources say. It’s the only known QB visit for Detroit, which has three of the top 34 picks, including No. 2 overall. Ongoing due diligence on top prospects.
Will Pickett be Jared Goff’s replacement?
Pickett’s visit could mean something or nothing.
Something in the sense that they can select him while he’s still available at 32 and nothing because they might end up signing another player.
After all, there’s no quarterback to miss in this year’s draft.
However, Pickett’s drafting gives the Lions more flexibility at quarterback.
Having him on the sidelines will force Jared Goff to do better or lose his starting position.
If this scenario occurs, it’s good to have someone like Pickett to take over.
He would have plenty of slack to struggle because he’s learning the ropes and because the Lions haven’t worked too hard in free agency to improve their roster.