Lakeview opinions of Lion’s Draft


Skailar Hage, Staff Writer

  As the free agency period will be wrapping July 22nd, 2017, the Detroit Lions have a lot to be thinking about with the new draftees that were taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  This year the draft was held in Philadelphia as the 32 teams gathered for seven rounds. The Detroit Lions draft group this year: Jarrad Davis a linebacker from Florida University, Teez Tabor a cornerback from Florida University, Kenny Golladay a wide-receiver from Northern Illinois, Jalen Reeves-Maybin a linebacker from Tennessee, Michael Roberts a tight end from Toledo, Jeremiah Ledbetter a defensive-linemen from Arkansas, Brad Kaaya a quarterback from Miami, and Pat O’Connor a defensive end from Eastern Michigan.

  With the SEC being the premier conference in college football the past decade, Lakeview Football coach Patrick Threet believes selecting players from the premier conference will only help the team,

  “Getting the best players from the top conference is how you win championships, Davis is from Florida, our defensive back is from Florida, Reeves-Maybin is from Tennessee, and we have the defensive linemen from Arkansas, to compete we must compile the best players.”

  The Detroit Free Press gave the Detroit Lions a draft grade of a B-. “They filled a hole they desperately needed to fill on defense, but they did not address their need for a pass-rusher until the 6th round.”

  ESPN landed the Lions with a C- grade, stating they should have drafted troubled Reuben Foster over a high-character guy like Jarrad Davis. “Even though Foster has had his problems, he might be too good of a talent to pass up at that position this late in the draft” said ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

  Even though some experts might think the pick was not the right one people around the team and the fan base seem to be content with the pick.

  Lakeview senior Andrew Sorgeloos loves the Lions first-round selection, “My favorite pick is Jarrad Davis, according to Pro Football Focus we had the worst linebacker core last year in the whole league. We also dropped Deandre Levy and are in a desperate need for good linebackers, we also picked up Brad Kaaya in the 6th round who is an exceptional quarterback talent from Miami who shouldn’t have been that low in the first place.”

  Many fans are disappointed on missing out on running backs such as Dalvin Cook, and or Joe Mixon, but GM Bob Quinn did not see need and wants to stick to his young core of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

  With many different opinions floating around the subject of the Lion’s draft, we will just have to watch this season to see how everyone pans out.