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The Lions’ pick is in..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsBreaking NewsIntroducing the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft Class! 脳NFL DraftDetroit Lions Analysis2019 NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions select Montez SweatNew T.J. Jones Jersey White ,126commentsThe Lions’ pick is in... EDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions select Montez SweatJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsWith a myriad of options still on the board, including Brian Burns from Florida State, some of you may wonder why I went with the safe, very common pick of Montez Sweat here. The Detroit Lions need pass rushing help more than any other position group on the roster, even after the signing of Trey Flowers in free agency. With what is left on the board here, it was a no=brainer to pick from among the various pass rushers still available. Rashan Gary could provide an anchor with inside versatility if the team could harness his athleticism more than Michigan could. Ed Oliver has the potential to be a Geno Atkins type of disruptor on the interior. Brian Burns has gotten better every season and his versatile moveset and coachability, coupled with an already polished and devastating spin move has made him a popular choice. And still, with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft (POD Community mock, anyway), the Detroit Lions select Montez Sweat.AthleticismThis is the big draw, am I right? Sweat came into the NFL Combine with some questions. Will he have any real bend Womens Darius Slay Jersey , as he often shows up stiff on tape? Will he measure out explosive enough to justify all the post Senior Bowl hype? Well, breaking the all-time record for the 40-yard dash at defensive end is a good way to start a Combine run. Posting elite explosion drills is a good way to keep your strengths in focus. Hitting 7.00 in the 3-Cone and posting an elite shuttle time is a fantastic way to silence questions about your ability to bend. Even his bench, which measured in one rep below average, is incredibly impressive when you factor in his nearly 36-inch arms.Production2014 (Michigan State): 2 Solo Tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1.0 Sack2015 (Michigan State): No stats2017 (Mississippi State): 21 Solo Tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10.5 Sacks2018 (Mississippi State): 27 Solo Tackles, 14.5 TFL, 12.0 Sacks, 1FFMontez Sweat barely saw the field as a Spartan Womens Tavon Wilson Jersey , but once he took to the field for the Bulldogs he was a monster. An explosive first step and the speed to take advantage of the next few strides made him difficult to handle. His natural length gave him an advantage once he was able to gain leverage with his burst, so whether it was the pass or run game you had to take Montez Sweat into account the moment the center puts the ball into motion.ReasoningWhen it came down to it, this was really a choice between Brian Burns and Montez Sweat for me. Both are elite athletes. Both are scheme fits. Both offer versatility in where they can line up on any given play. In the end, though, it came down to length. It’s a staple trait of all of Matt Patricia’s players, guys who can use their length to keep the running lanes dirty and wrap up. The Lions would use Sweat similarly to how they used Ziggy Ansah, only two tenths of a second faster. I would expect a similar impact from him in this scheme, as well, with Sweat lining up next to an eater of space like Damon Harrison or A’Shawn Robinson while Trey Flowers pushes quarterbacks in his direction. It’s not a defensive front I’d like to face if I’m an offensive coordinator, to be sure. No time for love, Dr. Jones Tavon Wilson Jersey White , let’s get right into gambling.Last week’s record: I didn’t count but it was pretty bad.Buffalo +10 vs. ChicagoI had Nashville hot chicken the other day, and I think I’m coming to the dawning realization that there are limits to my hot pepper intake. Excessive ghost peppers and/or Trinidad scorpion may have been a step too far. So is this game. And as such with this game, it’s always worse after the act.New Orleans +1 vs. Los AngelesIf you’re not watching this game then you should probably reevaluate your time commitments. The line is no good here, so I consider this my own particular play. Given home field and all the near-misses that the Rams have dodged so far, it’s hard to see them staying unbeaten, and New Orleans is perhaps the only other good team right now in the NFC.New York +3 @ MiamiI keep swinging on the Jets and I keep missing. Maybe this one will turn it around.Baltimore -2.5 vs. PittsburghSomehow the AFC North can’t help but become fraudulent. Both of these teams are frauds. The Bengals are frauds, but not playing. I suppose the question becomes a matter of who is less fraudulent than the rest—you’d think by virtue of history that would fall to the Steelers, but I won’t hear such nonsense.Atlanta +1.5 @ WashingtonWait, why are the Falcons an underdog here? Don’t answer, I know full well there’s legitimate reasons for it, but since we were just talking about frauds Kerry Hyder Jersey , look what we have here in DC! I will give them credit for getting Adrian Peterson semi-kinda back up to speed. But that’s always the rough ends, isn’t it? Peterson playing out his final years with Washington? Somehow it’s producing fantasy points so nobody will notice.New England -5 vs. Green BayDo you ever wonder what happens to the Boston sports scene once these dynasties collapse? What happens when the Patriots become a doormat again, or when the Red Sox find that second snake bite? These things are cyclical, or so you hope. I’m just curious how expectations set things up for fallen empires, if and when they do fall.Kansas City -8.5 @ ClevelandThis line is no good but it’s comfort food baby. Hey look, I got through my top seven without a single total!All the restTampa +6.5 @ CarolinaDenver vs. Houston UNDER 46Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers UNDER 48Detroit +5 @ MinnesotaDallas vs. Tennessee OVER 40.5

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