Seven-round mock draft has Lions taking QB, injured LB

The Detroit News
Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith

It had to happen sooner or later.

Nine days before the NFL draft on April 28, Dane Brugler of published a mock draft for all seven rounds.

Lions fans would be happy if Brugler’s draft came to pass. His first three picks for the Lions are Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler and South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

With their fourth pick, Brugler has the Lions taking Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was considered a first-round pick before suffering a knee injury against Ohio State. Smith could miss the 2016 season.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan and Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry are the fifth-round picks, with North Carolina State cornerback Juston Burris, West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed going in the sixth round. Tight end Adam Fuehne of Southern Illinois is the seventh-round pick.

The state of Michigan is well represented, too, led by first-rounders Jack Conklin and Connor Cook of Michigan State. Conklin, an offensive tackle, is projected to go to the Titans at No. 15 and Cook, a quarterback, to the Broncos at No. 31.

Other Michigan State players selected include defensive end Shilique Calhoun in the third round to the Browns; center Jack Allen in the fifth round to the Cardinals; and wide receiver Aaron Burbridge in the sixth round to the Jaguars.

Brugler has two Michigan players going in the fifth round: center Graham Glasgow to the Jaguars and defensive tackle Willie Henry to the Bills.

Other players with Michigan ties include: Grand Valley State DE Matt Judon, fourth round to the 49ers; Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman, fourth round to the Buccaneers, and guard Willie Beavers, fourth round to the Dolphins; Central Michigan safety Kavon Frazier, sixth round to the Raiders; Penn State DE Anthony Zettel (West Branch), sixth round to the Texans; and Ferris State DL Justin Zimmer, seventh round to the Seahawks.

Brugler has quarterbacks Jared Goff of California and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State going 1-2 overall to the Rams and Browns.