New Hope for the Lions

The 2022 Draft Picks

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Marissa Reyes

Detroit Lions football

   Detroit Lions fans have experienced an abundance of disappointments in their lifetimes, especially last season when the team was only able to win three out of their seventeen games. The one benefit from being last in the NFC North was a high draft pick. 

   This year the Detroit Lions held eight draft selections: Picks two and 32 in the first round, pick 34 in the second, picks 66 and 97 in the third, pick 177 in the fifth, and picks 181 and 217 in the sixth round. 

   For their first draft pick for the upcoming season, the Lions selected Aidan Hutchinson. He spent his college career playing at the University of Michigan and will now join his new team as a defensive end. Hutchinson was able to earn this high draft pick due to his impressive statistics from his career as a Wolverine. In his senior year he was second in the Heisman voting, received  consensus All-America honors, and broke the school’s single-season record with 14 sacks. His team greatly benefited from his success. This is evident by their record of 12-2, winning the Big Ten for the first time in 17 years, and their first appearance in the College Football Playoff. 

   After their first round selection of the defensive end, the Lions sent picks 32, 34, and 66 to Minnesota for picks 12 and 46. They used their round one pick 12 to select Jameson Williams, a wide receiver who played for Ohio State before his transfer to Alabama. Despite his torn ACl from the National Championship, he is moving through recovery rather quickly and will be prepared for the fall training camp with his new team. 

   Heading into round two, the Lions now held pick 46. They used this selection to recruit Josh Paschal. Paschal is a defensive end from the University of Kentucky. While in his college career, he was named captain three times, and is a cancer survivor. In August of 2018, a doctor found  malignant melanoma on his foot. After three surgeries and three months recovery, he was able to return to the football field. 

   In round three, the Lions selected safety Kerby Joseph. Joseph played for Illinois. Then, in round five, the Lions picked James Mitchell. Mitchell is a tight end from Virginia Tech who is able to turn over 70 percent of his receptions into first downs or touchdowns. 

   The Lions then traded pick 181 to the Philadelphia Eagles for picks 188 and 237. Pick 188, in round six, was used to get Linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez. He spent his college football career at Oklahoma State. Pick 217 was James Houston, a new outside linebacker for the Lions. He started playing at the University of Florida and then transferred to Jackson State. 

   The last pick that the Lions made in the 2022 draft was Chase Lucas. He was pick 237 in round seven.  He is a future cornerback for the Detroit Lions and was a starter for five years at the University of Arizona State, prior to being drafted into the NFL.