The Detroit Lions have had a difficult start to the 2021 season and haven’t won a single game. All of that frustration was bad news for the team and fans, but all of the early defeats come with an underrated positive.
The Lions appear to be repositioning themselves for a top pick in the 2022 NFL draft. So far, the Lions are one of the two worst teams in the league in 2021 and are already at the top of the likely selection for this season.
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There are already some predictions emerging that relate to who will go where in the draft. TheDraftScout.com analyst Matt Miller put his mock together for Week 6, and while the Lions didn’t get the overall pick, the next year they were named top quarterback with Malik Willis second overall.
As to the reasons, Miller wrote that he believes the Lions brands want their own young quarterback to work with, and Willis has some great athletic traits to add to his board of directors.
Detroit currently has Jared Goff but little else behind them and could try to improve their position early in the draft. That said, the team has a lot of offensive and defensive needs across the squad, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team just wanted to build around Goff in the near future given his contract.
Willis is likely to be one of the most intriguing prospects for the remainder of the 2021 college football season, and he already has some intriguing numbers to show for. Prior to his senior year on the field, Willis had 2,319 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. He also has 1,253 rushing yards and 16 scores on the floor to his credit. Here are some highlights:
That year, Willis wasn’t lazy this year either, scoring 13 touchdowns in just 3 interceptions with 1,327 yards through six games.
With the NFL transitioning to mobile quarterbacks that can throw and run, Willis is one of the standout ratings to get for teams. He’s shown in his career so far the ability to do both, which could only impress a potentially needy team like Detroit even more. If there’s one early question about Willis, it’s the level of competition he’s facing at Liberty. That hasn’t hurt other elite quarterbacks like Buffalo’s Josh Allen, however.
Right now Detroit’s 0-5 record is good for a draw with Jacksonville for the worst in the league. Other 1-4 teams with potentially grim prospects also hang around the table, including the New York Jets and Houston Texans. These squads could have a tough time winning many games this year, just like the Lions and Jaguars.
Though the Lions were a die-hard, motivated team, Detroit is taking on the looks of one of the most injury-ridden squads in the NFL this season after losing several key starters to illness at the end of the season on the field. That alone could help position the team for a run on a high selection by the end of the season.
Right now, many view the quarterback as the place Lions will turn to for the next year when all is said and done. However, there is still a long way to go with the season and the battle for position with draft picks, and a lot could always change.
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