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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Select DT Taven Bryan at No. 20

Are the Lions making the right move under new head coach Matt Patricia?

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With the 20th pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select...

Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

The selection and write-up were made by clefan4lif:

With Matt Patricia coming in as the head coach, the team is expected to focus on the interior. At the combine he said he wanted to build the team starting in the middle of the defense. This draft unfolded perfectly for Detroit, and we really had to dig into the top two DTs on the board. RB was also considered, but there is a good chance we will be able to address that need in the 2nd round.

We were faced with the decision of a run stuffing DT in Da’Ron Payne or Bryan. We felt it was more important to focus on the pass rush to help Ansah out, and with the top pass rushers off the board on the outside Bryan felt like the best blend of need and value. His upside, highlighted by outstanding combine testing that was well ahead of Payne, is that of an elite interior rusher. We believe Patricia is the kind of coach that can help Bryan use his gifts to also improve his run-stopping ability.

Pokorny: “Terrible pick, next. (Just kidding, just wanted to throw someone for a loop there). The Lions have been meddling with an above average ceiling that they can’t break past for too long. Bryan won’t change that pick overnight, but Patricia is the guy with a real chance to be the difference maker. If he needs a defensive lineman to get to the quarterback, then so be it.”

The Cincinnati Bengals are up next, led by Robo Dawg.

2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Grimflick QB Lamar Jackson
2 New York Giants Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Baker Mayfield
3 New York Jets jclark22 DE Bradley Chubb
4 Cleveland Browns Keyser Sozze CB Denzel Ward
5 Denver Broncos poultman RB Saquon Barkley
6 Indianapolis Colts Browns95 OG Quenton Nelson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Chicago Bears Ostate84 LB Tremaine Edmunds
9 San Francisco 49ers Mudville DE Marcus Davenport
10 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59 LB Roquan Smith
11 Miami Dolphins Swagnasty QB Josh Rosen
12 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg QB Sam Darnold
13 Washington Redskins Maul Poleski S Derwin James
14 Green Bay Packers Darth_Batman DE/OLB Harold Landry
15 Arizona Cardinals Brocolis154033 QB Josh Allen
16 Baltimore Ravens Fluke_on_target WR Calvin Ridley
17 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DT Vita Vea
18 Seattle Seahawks OhioCityBrownsBeliever CB Mike Hughes
19 Dallas Cowboys Topanga Jeff OG Will Hernandez
20 Detroit Lions clefan4lif DT Taven Bryan
21 Cincinnati Bengals Robo Dawg OG Isaiah Wynn
22 Buffalo Bills a2342432a WR Christian Kirk
23 New England Patriots unoservix OT Kolton Miller
24 Carolina Panthers mrwhitman WR D.J. Moore
25 Tennessee Titans troy145 DE/OLB Arden Key
26 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Da'Ron Payne
27 New Orleans Saints Legoman0721 LB Lorenzo Carter
28 Pittsburgh Steelers xfl2001fan LB Leighton Vander Esch
29 Jacksonville Jaguars kizer america LB Rashaan Evans
30 Minnesota Vikings pt_999 OT Mike McGlinchey
31 New England Patriots Matt Wood TE Mike Gesicki
32 Philadelphia Eagles Adam Rice OT Connor Williams
33 Cleveland Browns fjblessi DT Maurice Hurst
34 New York Giants anthszabo RB Derrius Guice
35 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 DE Sam Hubbard