Complete List of Lions 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Meetings

The NFL Draft is upon us and the Detroit Lions have all but wrapped up their pre-draft visits. It’s important to note that not every single interview was likely reported but at the very least, some takeaways can be made.

Of GM Bob Quinn‘s 19 draft selections over the past two years, the team was linked in some sort of capacity to 16 of their future selections. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that 12 of the 19 Quinn picks had multiple meetings with the Lions before eventually being selected by the team (Stat courtesy of Erik Schlitt on the Detroit Lions Breakdown podcast).

Below you will find every reported interview or meeting organized by position group that I have been able to find.

KEY:

  • EW – East-West Shrine Bowl meeting
  • COM –  Combine meeting
  • LOC – Local workout/meeting
  • PRI – Private onsite meeting
  • PRO – Pro Day meeting
  • SR – Senior Bowl meeting
  • WO – Workout

QUARTERBACKS:

No big names here. Obviously, the Lions have their starting quarterback, but Quinn has said in the past that it is a good draft philosophy to at least draft one every couple years.

  1. Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State (PRO)
  2. Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond (WOR)
  3. John O’Korn, QB, Michigan (LOC)
  4. Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan (LOC)
  5. Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech (EW)
  6. Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (PRI)
  7. Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo (LOC)

RUNNING BACKS:

Rather surprisingly, despite all the high-round talent this draft class boasts, there are quite a few notable names left off the list. Quinn is on record stating that running back is not a huge need. Be careful though, it’s smokescreen season. The Lions must find that ever so elusive run game this year for Matthew Stafford.

  1. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (SR, PRI)
  2. Donnie Ernsberger, FB/TE, Western Michigan (WO)
  3. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (PRO)
  4. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (PRI)
  5. Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State (COM)
  6. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (SR)
  7. Henry Poggi, Michigan (LOC)
  8. Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE, NC State (SR)
  9. RB Terry Swanson, RB, Toledo (LOC)

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TIGHT ENDS:

There are a couple top-3 tight ends on this list (Hurst, Goedert). The Lions have three 53-roster caliber tight ends on their roster already, but I wouldn’t rule out them drafting one if they feel it could be an upgrade in the mid-rounds.

  1. Jordan Aikens, TE, Central Florida (WO)
  2. Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (LOC)
  3. Dallas Goedert, TE, SDSU (PRI)
  4. Chris Herndon, TE, Miami (WO)
  5. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (PRI)
  6. Ben Johnson, TE, Kansas
  7. Ryan Smith, TE, Miami OH (PRO)

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Just about all of these receivers are day three players at best– most would be considered in the undrafted free agent range. The Lions first four wideouts should be pretty much set barring injury this upcoming season. With only six draft picks this year, drafting a receiver would be a luxury.

  1. Sergio Bailey, Eastern Michigan (LOC)
  2. Brandon Bean, WR, Grand Valley State (PRO, LOC)
  3. Devin Gray, WR, Cincinnati (PRO)
  4. Davon Grayson, WR, East Carolina (WO)
  5. Keith Kirkwood, WR, Temple (PRO)
  6. Teo Redding, WR, Bowling Green (LOC)
  7. Tre’Quan Smith, WR, Central Florida (WOR)
  8. Vyncint Smith, WR, Limestone (WOR)
  9. Javon Wims, WR, Georgia (PRO)
  10. Deon Yelder, WR, Western Kentucky (PRO)

OFFENSIVE LINE:

The left guard spot may be the biggest position of need for the Lions. There are plenty of tackles on the list, but many are potential guards in the NFL. It never hurts to have guards that can kick out to the outside. The Lions have interior versatility, maybe they look for some tackle/guard mobility as well.

  1. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (PRI)
  2. Geron Christian, OT, Louisville (PRI)
  3. Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
  4. Tyrell Crosby, OT/OG, Oregon (PRI)
  5. Matthew Gono, G, Wesley (PRI, WO)
  6. Will Hernandez, G, UTEP (COM)
  7. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (COM)
  8. Elijah Nkansah, OT, Toledo (LOC)
  9. Chuks Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan (LOC)
  10. Brandon Parker, OT, NC A&T (PRI)
  11. Brandon Pertile, OG, Virginia (WO)
  12. Greg Senat, OT, Wagner (EW)
  13. Isaiah Wynn, OG/OT, Georgia (COM)

DEFENSIVE LINE:

Between defensive line and edge defenders, this is by far the most looked at position. It’s no secret the Lions need to find a pass rush and it would appear the management is taking it seriously. There are a lot of very athletic big-men below.

  1. Joshua Frazier, DT/DE, Alabama (PRO)
  2. Rasheem Green, DE/DT, USC (PRI)
  3. Da’Shawn Hand, DT, Alabama
  4. B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State (SR)
  5. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (LOC)
  6. Justin Jones, DT, N.C. State (PRO)
  7. Hercules Mata’afa, DE/DT, Washington State (COM)
  8. Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware (COM, WO)
  9. Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (COM)
  10. Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (SR)
  11. Zach Sieler, DT/DE, Ferris State (PRI, LOC)
  12. Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech (COM)
  13. Nathan Shepard, DT, Fort Hays State
  14. Breeland Speaks, DT/DE, Ole Miss (PRI)
  15. Kentavius Street, DE/DT, N.C. State (PRO)

EDGE DEFENDERS:

The edge defender is a little new for this Detroit team. Patricia is bringing his multi-front scheme and a player that can excel rushing the passer and can occasionally drop into coverage is crucial.

  1. Dorance Armstrong Jr., EDGE, Kansas (WO)
  2. Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia (COM)
  3. Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio (SR, COM)
  4. Leon Jacobs, OLB, Wisconsin (EW)
  5. Arden Key, EDGE, LSU (PRO, COM)
  6. Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (COM, PRI)
  7. Justin Lawler, DE, Southern Methodist (PRO)
  8. Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (SR)
  9. Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan (PRO)

LINEBACKERS:

Linebacker isn’t necessarily considered a need after free agency, but getting bigger and faster at the position never hurts. There are two first-round prospects listed that could indicate the Lions wouldn’t be opposed to pulling the trigger early if the cards fall a certain way.

  1. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (PRI)
  2. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (PRI)
  3. Josey Jewell, MLB, Iowa (COM)
  4. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State (PRO)
  5. Frank Luvu, MLB, Washington State (PRI, PRO)
  6. Mike McCray, LB, Michigan (LOC)
  7. Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State (WO)
  8. Ike Spearman, Eastern Michigan (LOC)
  9. Mike Wroblewski, LB Michigan (LOC)

CORNERBACKS:

Once again, not many high-end names at corner. It’s understandable considering that the Lions defensive back group is a strength. There is room for improvement, but not a dire need by any means.

  1. Darius Allensworth, CB, California (PRO)
  2. Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan (PRO)
  3. Mike Ford, CB, Southeast Missouri State (PRO)
  4. Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State (EW)
  5. Tre Herndon, CB, Vanderbilt (WO)
  6. Kameron Kelly CB/S, San Diego State (SR)
  7. Trevon Mathis, CB, Toledo (LOC)
  8. Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan (SR, LOC)
  9. Tavierre Thomas, DB, Ferris State (LOC)

SAFETIES:

The safety spot could be a sleeper position that Quinn could go with early. Patricia used a three-safety alignment a large majority of last year in New England and he may want to implement the same strategy in Detroit. Between Bates, James, Harrison, and Reid, the Lions appear serious in adding talent. Glover Quin, although still playing at an elite level, isn’t getting any younger.

  1. Mycial Allen, S, Northern Illinois (LOC)
  2. Jessie Bates, FS, Wake Forest (PRI)
  3. Josh Cox, DB, Central Michigan (LOC)
  4. Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama (PRI)
  5. Trayvon Henderson, S, Hawaii (PRO)
  6. A.J. Howard, FS, Appalachian State (PRO)
  7. Derwin James, S, Florida State (COM)
  8. Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (WO)
  9. Justin Reid, FS, Stanford (PRI)
  10. Damon Webb, S, Ohio State (PRO, LOC)

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