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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Lions go linebacker

With the 32nd overall pick in the 2022 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Detroit Lions GM Dtechman44 selects ...

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Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

After taking Travon Walker with the second overall pick, corner and linebacker seem to be next biggest holes after for the Detroit Lions after just signed DeShon Elliott. Also factoring in Dan Campbell’s approach to the game, I think Dean’s old school style of linebacker play fits in Detroit. He might be “undersized” but he’s efficient. The Lions have invested in their front four so the scheme fit should suit him well. The Lions have addressed this position in free agency but mostly on cheap one year deals, such as bringing back former first-round pick Jarrad Davis . The Lions should go with best player available at 32 knowing that they pick again shortly after at 34.


Scouting report via

Overview: Explosive, three-down linebacker with the demeanor and quickness to become a volume tackler while holding down third-down duties at a high level. Dean’s play recognition is a work in progress, which limits reaction time and forces him to deal with more blockers than he’ll see as he gains more experience. Quick feet and plus agility will bring him to ball-carriers at a high rate but a lack of size and length means he’ll need to fine-tune his approach as a tackler to make sure he finishes what he starts. He might lack measurables, but he has the toughness and technique to see a boost in his performance once his play becomes more proactive.

NFL Comparison: Devin Bush


Do you approve of this pick?

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  • 76%
    (280 votes)
  • 23%
    (87 votes)
367 votes total Vote Now

2022 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Jaguars (HellBentOnHurts): DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions (Friendly Neighborhood Philly Fan): DE Travon Walker
3) Texans (herbalonius): OT Evan Neal
4) Jets (RideHighTide): OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants (Brendanekstrom): CB Ahmad Gardner
6) Panthers (Philliesandthebees): QB Kenny Pickett
7) Giants (Dr.MidnightGreen): DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
8) Falcons (Philly21): QB Malik Willis
9) Seahawks (chewy wellington) QB Matt Corral
10) Jets (tfrank9811): S Kyle Hamilton
11) Commanders (Negadelphia Norm): CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings (Kephas): CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans (Bdawk20rules): WR Drake London
14) Ravens (ablesser88): DT Jordan Davis
15) Eagles (Fly Like An Eagle): WR Chris Olave
16) Saints (20Safety_Hazard): OT Charles Cross
17) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!): DT Devonte Wyatt
18) Eagles (Phoenix X Minimus): CB Andrew Booth Jr.
19) Saints (Georgia_eagle): WR Garrett Wilson
20) Steelers (EagleDomiNation) WR Jameson Williams
21) Patriots (Domonate): DE Jermaine Johnson
22) Packers (Leo Bedio): WR Treylon Burks
23) Cardinals (big DUB): DE George Karlaftis
24) Cowboys (joey2arms): S Jaquan Brisker
25) Bills (ItownBallers22): CB Kaiir Elam
26) Titans (BrianMcE03): OL Kenyon Green
27) Buccaneers (4133Dave): OL Zion Johnson
28) Packers (The Player Formerly Known as Mousecop): OT Bernhard Raimann
29) Chiefs (GreenGrampa): DE Boye Mafe
30) Chiefs (Legend of Nick Foles): OL Trevor Penning
31) Bengals (Thedeuce9): C Tyler Linderbaum
32) Lions (Dtechman44): LB Nakobe Dean

Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected next in the 2022 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.


Who should the Lions select at No. 32?

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  • 31%
    QB Desmond Ridder
    (90 votes)
  • 8%
    WR Jahan Dotson
    (25 votes)
  • 6%
    WR Christian Watson
    (20 votes)
  • 12%
    S Daxton Hill
    (35 votes)
  • 9%
    S Lewis Cine
    (26 votes)
  • 5%
    S Jaquan Brisker
    (16 votes)
  • 13%
    DE David Ojabo
    (40 votes)
  • 4%
    DE Boye Mafe
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    DE Arnold Ebiketie
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    DT Travis Jones
    (8 votes)
286 votes total Vote Now

1) Jaguars: DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
3) Texans: OT Evan Neal
4) Jets: OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants: OT Charles Cross
6) Panthers: QB Malik Willis
7) Giants: CB Ahmad Gardner
8) Falcons: QB Kenny Pickett
9) Seahawks: S Kyle Hamilton
10) Jets: DE Travon Walker
11) Commanders: CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings: CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans: DE Jermaine Johnson
14) Ravens: DT Jordan Davis
15) Eagles: WR Jameson Williams
16) Saints: OT Trevor Penning
17) Chargers: DT Devonte Wyatt
18) Eagles: LB Devin Lloyd
19) Saints: WR Garrett Wilson
20) Steelers: QB Matt Corral
21) Patriots: WR Chris Olave
22) Packers: WR Drake London
23) Cardinals: DE George Karlaftis
24) Cowboys: C Tyler Linderbaum
25) Bills: CB Andrew Booth Jr.
26) Titans: OL Kenyon Green
27) Buccaneers: OL Zion Johnson
28) Packers: OT Bernhard Raimann
29) Chiefs: WR Treylon Burks
30) Chiefs: LB Nakobe Dean
31) Bengals: OL Tyler Smith
32) Lions:

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