Niyo: Why drafting pass rusher is Lions’ best move

It’s not that there’s no pressure, really. There always is for an NFL general manager when it comes to the draft.
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But there’s also this: The Lions’ defense ranked 27th in the league in pressure rate last season, per Football Outsiders. They were 30th the previous year. And in a 32-team league where all good teams come to pass, that’s no way to get ahead.
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Quinn did make some investments with that in mind in free agency, most notably a three-year, $17.25 million deal for former Giants linebacker Devon Kennard, whose versatility as a pass rusher made him a top target.

The Lions also currently have the highest-paid defensive end in the NFL, after Ezekiel Ansah signed his franchise tag Tuesday, joining Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence with a guaranteed $17.143 million salary for this season. But that’s just a one-year deal, and it’s doubtful the Lions will pursue a long-term deal with Ansah before the July 16 deadline, if at all, given his age 鈥?he’ll turn 29 next month 鈥?and injury history.

If Elway’s favorite quarterback (perhaps Baker Mayfield?) is available, the Broncos would probably use their selection at No. 5. But if Denver’s Womens Vin Baker Jersey preferred QB along with Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley have already been selected, the team’s best option may be trading down a few spots and piling up extra draft picks. The Bills are an enticing potential trade partner because they own two first-round selections.

Quarterback Sam Darnold might be the first player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, going to the Cleveland Browns. The former USC star could also be the second player drafted, which would put him with the New York Giants. Another team might trade up to draft him, or he could drop several notches in the first round. There are so many mock drafts with so many different scenarios for Darnold’s possible destination that he is trying to ignore them all. I haven’t looked at mock drafts, Darnold said on Pro Football Talk Live on Monday. If I looked at those a lot I think I would drive myself insane. With the draft coming up I’m just trying to spend time with my family and close friends.

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