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Detroit Lions NFL Draft Odds: Many Holes To Fill On Defense

Detroit Lions NFL Draft Odds: Many Holes To Fill On Defense
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The Detroit Lions ranked dead-last in both yards allowed and points allowed in 2021. The offense wasn’t a ton better.

In other words, there are many holes to fill, and it starts with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. For a team that’s won 11 games over the last three years, it must be used on an immediate impact player. The Lions can’t afford to miss on this one.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed who he thinks the Lions are most likely to choose with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.


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Detroit Lions 1st Round Pick Odds (No. 2)

PlayerCollegeOdds
Kayvon Thibodeaux, EdgeOregon+150
Aidan Hutchinson, EdgeMichigan+200
Evan Neal, TAlabama+450
Travon Walker, DLGeorgia+500
Ikem Ekwonu, TNC State+650

Odds are projected and do not reflect any odds that may be available at legal betting sites or betting apps.

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Who Will The Detroit Lions Take In NFL Draft?

Detroit is available around +15000 to win Super Bowl 57 on NFL futures markets. There’s no rush to be great. But there is urgency to take an immediate standout at No. 2, something that didn’t happen when it picked No. 3 in 2021.

That draft, the Lions took can’t-miss CB Jeff Okudah. He had a rough rookie season, rehabbed core muscle surgery in the 2021 offseason, then tore his Achilles tendon in Week 1 of 2021 and missed the rest of the year. Detroit played two undrafted rookies at CB last year.

Right now, the Lions are at the mercy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who reportedly is deciding between Michigan edge Aiden Hutchinson and Alabama tackle Evan Neal at No. 1 overall. If the Jaguars take Neal, the Lions will take Hutchinson.

Kayvon Thibodeaux Odds To join The Detroit Lions

If the Lions had the No. 1 pick, it would go to Hutchinson, who grew up in suburban Detroit before heading west to Ann Arbor for college. Not only does he fill a huge need as the top-ranked prospect by NFL.com scouts and No. 2 to Neal in the NextGen Stats rankings, his local-boy status doesn’t hurt either.

But what if Jacksonville goes with Hutchinson? Offensive line isn’t considered a top priority, though Evan Neal, graded as the top overall lineman, or Ikem Ekwonu, not far behind and the No. 1 in the run game, would contribute immediately. After the success of last year’s first-rounder, tackle Penei Sewell, the Lions won’t be scared off from going O-line again here.

The Lions were a defensive disaster last year, and if Hutchinson isn’t there, Oregon’s Thibodeaux is a nice consolation. Thibodeaux gets to the QB and disrupts offenses. He was a third-team All-American as a sophomore and first-team All-American as a junior, despite just nine starts due to injury. For a D-line near the bottom of production and depth, Thibodeaux makes a lot of sense.

Who Fans Hope The Lions Pick At No. 2

Detroit Lions NFL Draft Odds: Many Holes To Fill On Defense 1

It’s no surprise who Lions fans hope the team will chose when it’s on the clock at No. 2. Local boy done good Aidan Hutchinson was the overwhelming choice among the faithful, garnering 62% of the vote.

Somewhat surprising was the fans’ No. 2 choice. Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, another edge rusher, got 21%, proving the fans know what Detroit needs.

Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton was third on the list at 12%, while “other” – which mostly means the top offensive linemen in the draft – got just 5%.

Complete List Of Lions 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 (Pick 2)
  • Round 1 (Pick 32 from LAR)
  • Round 2 (Pick 34)
  • Round 3 (Pick 66)
  • Round 3 (Pick 97)
  • Round 5 (Pick 177)
  • Round 6 (Pick 181)
  • Round 6 (Pick 217)
  • Round 7 (Pick 242 from NE)
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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.