Lions NFL Draft watch: 5 prospects for Week 10
Allen Park — Each Saturday during the college football season, we'll highlight five prospects with locally-televised matchups who could be a fit for the Detroit Lions in the 2019 NFL Draft, based on projected needs.
Every week, the list will aim to highlight early-, mid- and late-round prospects. This will give you a chance to watch the players performing live, instead of playing catch-up in the weeks before the draft.
Devin White, LB, LSU
No. 1 Alabama at No. 3 LSU, 8 p.m., CBS
Whether Jarrad Davis takes the next step in his development, and becomes the consistent player the Lions need him to be, the team could still use an upgrade at linebacker. Watching Seattle's Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright operate in tandem last weekend, you truly realize how much two instinctual linebackers can alter a defense.
White is arguably this draft's best off-the-ball linebacker. He has sideline-to-sideline range, takes good angles to the ball and does a nice job beating blocks to his spot. It's going to cost a first-round pick, but given the importance of linebackers in coach Matt Patricia's system, it's a fair price to pay.
JD Spielman, Nebraska
Nebraska at No. 10 Ohio State, noon, Fox
Nebraska is a dumpster fire, and they're probably going to get steamrolled by Ohio State, but Spielman is a bright spot on the roster. The 5-foot-9 slot receiver has been highly productive this year, catching 53 passes for 686 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. He thrives after the catch, something the Lions could use after trading away Golden Tate earlier this week.
And that last name, it resonates in Detroit. Spielman is the adopted son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, which means Lions legend Chris Spielman is JD's uncle.
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
Florida State at No. 21 North Carolina State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
The Lions are still desperate for speed off the edge and Burns brings it in spades. He's body is a still a work in process, as he adds weight to his slender, yet rangy frame, but the pass-rushing talent is there.
Much like Nebraska, not much has gone right for Florida State this year, but Burns has handled his business, producing a personal-best 9.0 sacks through eight games.
Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
No. 4 Notre Dame at Northwestern, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Teez Tabor and Nevin Lawson have another half season to prove to general manager Bob Quinn he doesn't need to draft another cornerback to be the guy opposite Darius Slay.
Love is not the physical corner Patricia has shown a preference for opposite his speed option, but the coach has also said he doesn't want to paint himself into a corner by only looking for a schematic prototype. Love's best trait is his ability to mirror receivers with his footwork, putting him in position to make plenty of plays on the ball. He's broken up 32 passes the past two seasons, while intercepting four.
D'Andre Walker, OLB, Georgia
No. 6 Georgia at No. 9 Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Georgia's heir to Roquan Smith, last year's first-round draft pick, Walker spends more time on the edge in space. The well-proportioned 245-pounder has an advanced set of pass-rush moves, but also has shown the awareness and athleticism to adequately handle his assignments when asked to drop into a zone.
Walker has just 24 tackles this season, but 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles.