MOCK DRAFT WATCH: Early predictions have Lions taking Hutchinson or Thibodeaux at 2

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus:

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon (No. 2)

Why: Thibodeaux has a unique blend of physical tools that very few draft prospects possess. It’s also a tailor-made blend to play on the edge in the NFL. He showed out in a big way this season, earning a 91.5 pass-rushing grade in the process.

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (No. 30)

Why: With the Lions cap-committed to Jared Goff in 2022, they don’t need to reach for a quarterback. Still, if value falls into their lap, they won’t say no. Ridder qualifies as such at this point, as he took massive steps forward with his decision-making and processing speed in 2021, earning a 90.7 overall grade in the process.

Renner’s full mock

Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus:

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon (No. 2)

Why: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Thibodeaux earned a 91.3 PFF pass-rushing grade that ranked fourth among all Power Five edge defenders in 2021, behind only Hutchinson (93.6), South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare (92.5) and Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto (92.5).

David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan (No. 28)

Why: There’s no debating that Michigan edge defender David Ojabo had an absurd 2021 campaign. Having started his football career in 2017, he played just 26 defensive snaps for the Wolverines in 2020 before exploding with 41 pressures and an 88.2 pass-rushing grade this season. He’s a raw prospect who will need to test through the roof at the combine to go in the…

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