Lions attack big needs in Draft Wire’s latest 3-round projection

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The latest 3-round mock draft from Draft Wire cuts right to the chase for the Detroit Lions. Detroit has major needs on both sides of the ball, and this set of projections from Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling hits them prominently.

The 2022 NFL draft projection sees the Lions picking No. 2 overall with their own pick and then selecting No. 24 in the first round with the pick acquired from the Los Angeles Rams. With big needs for impact talents, these choices check off a lot of boxes for Detroit.

At No. 2 overall, it’s Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. He’s the consensus top pass-rushing talent in this draft right now despite being sidelined with an injury for the last few weeks.

With the Rams pick, now projected at No. 24 overall, Nevada QB Carson Strong gets the nod. Strong continues to earn more positive reviews each week and has the kind of big arm and gutsy mindset that might remind Lions fans of a recent longtime starter in Detroit.

The Day 2 picks address the Lions’ needs on the perimeter. Clemson wideout Justyn Ross is the first pick of the second round at No. 33, while Auburn CB Roger McCreary projects as the second pick of the third round. The NFL alternates picks by round for teams that finish with the same record, and right now the Lions and Jaguars remain the league’s only winless teams after Week 5.

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