Early mocks: Kirk, Guice are 2018 Lions possibilities

The Detroit News,

The NFL draft has come and gone, and mock drafts now have given way to grading the winners and losers in the three-day event.

Almost.

CBS Sports peered into its crystal ball Monday in putting together its “way-too-early” 2018 mock draft because, well, it’s apparently never too soon for a mock draft. The Sporting News also dipped into the looking-ahead business with one of its own.

In both, a nugget Lions fans might find troubling: CBS Sports and The Sporting News, using the reverse order of projected win totals from Sportsline and Super Bowl odds, have the Lions picking No. 9. The playoffs apparently aren’t in the team’s immediate future.

CBS Sports has the Lions taking Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk, while The Sporting News has LSU running back Derrius Guice heading to Detroit.

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Will Brinson of CBS Sports calls Kirk a “smaller (5’11) receiver with lethal speed and joystick moves.”

Kirk had 83 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore, following a 1,000-yard first season in which he racked up 1,789 all-purpose yards en route to SEC freshman of the year honors.

Brinson doesn’t project any players from Michigan’s universities going in the first round.

Guice, meanwhile, would be the second LSU running back to be drafted in the top 10 in as many seasons. Leonard Fournette was drafted No. 4 overall by the Jaguars in last weekend's draft.

"... Leonard Fournette’s replacement at LSU is tremendously talented, as well," writes Sporting News contributor Eric Galko. "The Lions need more offensive talent."

Galko has Kirk going to the Cowboys at No. 31. He has the Falcons taking Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst at No. 28.

"Hurst will have to step up and take control of a Michigan defensive line that has been dominant the last two seasons," Galko writes. "He’s an awesome talent who could rise and be drafted higher than his teammate Taco Charlton did in the 2017 draft."