Each Saturday during the college football season, we’ll highlight five prospects with locally televised matchups who could be a fit for the Detroit Lions in the 2023 NFL Draft, based on projected needs.
The list aims to highlight early-, mid- and late-round prospects. This will give you a chance to watch the players performing live, instead of playing catch-up in the weeks before the draft.
Tyee Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
Texas Tech at No. 7 TCU, 12 p.m., FOX
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
No. 2 Tennessee at No. 1 Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Ringo is a big, physical and athletic cornerback who is capable in both zone and man coverage concepts, but has the ability to truly thrive when pressing his coverage assignment at the line
Will Anderson, edge, Alabama
No. 6 Alabama at No. 15 LSU, 7 p.m., ESPN
Anderson hasn’t gotten to the quarterback as frequently this season as offenses have thrown more resources to slowing him down, but he’s still managed six sacks, eight additional quarterback hits and 37 total pressures through eight games.
Listed at 6-foot-4, 243 pounds, Anderson doesn’t possess a big frame for an edge defender. He’s more Von Miller than Myles Garrett. If you’re looking for a Lions comp, he’s built similarly to Charles Harris. But unlike Harris, and more like Miller, look for Anderson to validate the elite athleticism, burst and movement skills that show up on film at the scouting combine.
If the Lions end up winning a couple of games and holding the No. 3 pick, Anderson becomes a no-brainer if he’s still on the board. In fact, he’s the type of talent you consider giving up additional assets to move up and secure. Pairing the Alabama standout with Hutchinson could give the Lions one of the league’s best pass-rushing tandems for years to come.
Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson
No. 5 Clemson at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
Given the durability concerns with Levi Onwuzurike, I was reluctant to include Davis in this space. The Clemson standout has battled his own injury issues the previous two season.
*Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn *
Auburn at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Pappoe is admittedly a bit of a projection.