Review of Cynthia Frelund’s latest NFL simulation draft

With the NFL Draft just weeks away, we’re taking the time to sift through the NFL’s abundance of fictional drafts to see what league pundits expect from the Detroit Lions with their two first-round picks, including the no. . 2 choices in total.

I review NFL Network Analytics Expert Cynthia Frelundit’s mock 2.0. In version 1.0 of Frelund, the Detroit Lions selected Aidan Hutchinson with the second overall pick, as many of us expected, but now, weeks later, many, myself included, are expect the Michigan edge pitcher to be selected first overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. .

There is still a glimmer of hope that the Jaguars will go for a left tackle, be it Evan Neal or Ickey Ekwonu. Again, the Jags disagreed with their starting left tackle, Cam Robinson, who is expected to play on the franchise label.

With the uncertainty surrounding Robinson, the Jaguars may choose to draft a tackle to protect their investment at quarterback for the next five years and look to buy Robinson.

Cynthia Frelund has the Detroit Lions selecting Kyle Hamilton with the no. 2 overall picks in the NFL Draft.

Frelund admits Kyle Hamilton’s position does not match the draft position. Teams seek to maximize their value when selecting, and position certainly plays a role in determining which prospect to target.

Usually, organizations look for a quarterback, edge carrier, left tackle at the top of the draft, followed by a cornerback or even a receiver before it gets to linebacker, inside linemen (from both sides of the ball) and safety.

Here’s what Frelund has to say about why Hamilton makes sense for the Detroit Lions;

Hamilton’s versatility makes him the best selection for Detroit at No. 2 overall, as he has the potential to impact multiple phases of the game and areas of the field. My favorite Hamilton stat? Computer Vision shows him ranking in the 95th percentile for body control (eight-year sample) in games that resulted in the following: interceptions, pass breakups, effective blitzes, and stopping outside pass catchers and slot pass catchers.

Before everyone calls me a Hamilton hater, I believe Hamilton is the best safety in this draft class and maybe a generational talent at fullback.

I’d rather pick an edge-rusher there, whether it’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Jermaine Johnson, or Travon Walker. The Detroit Lions aren’t in a position to make a luxury pick at this stage of their rebuild. Picking a receiver or safety that high in the draft would go against the vision Lions general manager Brad Holmes created last season, building from the inside out.

Also, I don’t see much of a dropout from Hamilton to Daxton Hill, Jaquan Brisker or my favorite pick Lewis Cine at the end of round one or the start of round two.

The Detroit Lions have three picks of the first 34. Holmes will have the option of picking and playing a rusher, safety and linebacker or catcher, depending on who is available and where they rank on their draft board.

While I don’t entirely agree with the choices, Frelund addresses the same issues in his latest draft, but in reverse order. With the no. The 32nd overall pick, Frelund has the Detroit Lions selecting David Ojabo. Unfortunately, the Michigan product suffered an Achilles tear during his Pro Day and is set to miss his entire rookie season.

Ojabo is an ultra-talented pass-rusher who hasn’t reached his full potential. He’s a bit raw, but before the injury he was widely considered a top 15 pick.

I like the overall potential of Ojabo; I think he’ll be a superb pro, but I have some concerns about his skills at the NFL level; Moreover, this injury should not be overlooked.

I think Okabo is more of a 3-4 defensive front than a standing defenseman or outside linebacker. The Detroit Lions are shifting gears and should use a lot more front fours in 2022 when they’re in their base defense. I feel like the perfect landing spot for the outside rusher would be Pittsburgh or even Baltimore.

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In Frelund’s 1.0, she had Penn State’s Johan Dotson to be the pick to no. 32.

Charles P. Patton