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.
Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State (Jersey No. 8)
No. 10 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State, noon, Fox
Do you like speed? Well, Sheffield might be the fastest player in this draft class. The Ohio State cornerback broke his school's 60-meter dash record, finishing in a blistering 6.663 seconds. Coaches also rave about his short-area quickness, an equally critical asset to cornerbacks.
Speed is one thing, but can Sheffield play? Well, you don't get to be a starting cornerback for the Buckeyes without some serious talent. He hasn't been tested much this year, but has recorded two interceptions and six pass breakups.
Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn (No. 57)
No. 24 Auburn at No. 5 Georgia, 7 p.m., ESPN
Davis is on the short side, so let's get that out of the way from the get-go. He's likely to measure under 6 feet at the combine. But like former Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch, Davis possesses above-average instincts and play strength that compensate for a deficiency he can't control.
The available scouting reports all rave about his ability to play in zone coverage, which would be helpful in Detroit's scheme. And everyone can see the need for an instinctual run defender.
Always around the ball, Davis has 85 tackles (10.5 for a loss) through nine games.
Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson (No. 1)
No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College, 8 p.m., ABC
If Sheffield brings the speed, Mullen has the size, with a long 6-foot-1 frame. He's often a forgotten component in Clemson's defense because of the NFL potential in that front four, but Mullen is a serious pro prospect in his own right.
He is built to thrive pressing outside receivers, and his length and instincts make him a good fit in zone coverage. It also makes him a good fit for what Lions coach Matt Patricia prefers opposite his No. 1 cornerback.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis (No. 8)
Tulsa at Memphis, noon, ESPNU
Odds are LeGarrette Blount isn't coming back, and Theo Riddick is a potential cap causality. Either way, Detroit is likely going to be in the market for a back to complement Kerryon Johnson in 2019.
Henderson has been a playmaking machine for the Tigers this season, racking up over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns with just 150 touches. He's a capable receiving option, showing the ability to run the necessary routes out of the backfield with above-average hands. And at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, he is well-proportioned.
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama (No. 30)
No. 16 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS
A second SEC linebacker makes the list this week. Wilson would come to Detroit having played in a similar defensive scheme at Alabama, easing his transition. It's certainly worked well with with Da'Shawn Hand and A'Shawn Robinson up front.
Listed at 233 pounds, Wilson is a bit undersized with room to add to his frame. His sideline-to-sideline range make him a reliable option in coverage. He's intercepted six passes over the past two seasons, an impressive tally for any linebacker.
Criticism about his ability to shed blocks is a notable concern, especially since Jarrad Davis' struggles in that department have been an issue this season. That's a quick way to give up a long run, which has been a serious problem in Detroit this year.