I think the Lions have to get a safety or two out of this draft. We desperately need a SS and I’d like to see us draft some competition for Walker too. Last year the Lions safety play was atrocious.
This safety class has a lot to offer but it does lack top shelf prospects. However it’s a fairly deep class and the Lions should be able to get a safety in round 2-5.
So let’s talk about some of the safeties who I like.
Let me start with a guy who I really like and that’s Elijah Molden. Most mock sites are projecting him as a CB but he played NB, CB and S in college. He’s not flashy or getting any hype. He’s just a good football player.
He’s 5’10 190lbs and ran a 4.58 forty. Personally I think due to his speed he’s a slot CB or S. I wouldn’t want that lack of speed on the outside. But he is more than fast enough for the slot or safety position. Let’s compare him to Quandre Diggs 5’9” 198lbs and a 4.56 forty time. If you recall Diggs started as a slot CB for the Lions before moving to Safety. Molden is a much better player than Diggs was coming out. He’s fundamentally solid. I think he’s an immediate plug and play starter. The kid is a natural and his read and react abilities are top shelf. If he were bigger or faster he’d go round one easily. He’s a smart, instinctive football player and could very well be the safest pick at NB/S in this class. He’s the son of DB Alex Molden former 11th overall pick. I honestly don’t think a team can go wrong with this pick. I think he will go early to mid round two.
Jamar Johnson - 6’1” 197lbs 4.58 forty. Another safety that isn’t super fast but makes up for it in ball skills. He’s not as polished as Molden but the kid has great ball hawking skills. With 8 INT’s in the last two seasons at Indiana. He’s another versatile player who could plug is as a NB too. I think he goes mid round two - early round 3.
Andre Cisco - Speaking of ball hawking safeties. This guy had 13 INT’s. If he hadn’t blown his ACL he’d easily be a 2nd rounder. Now he likely goes 3rd or possibly later. He’s an aggressive safety who brings a lot to the table. He plays well in space and was used in a lot of single high looks. This kid can play but his aggressive play has lead to some injuries. I do worry he could go the Delmas route. Meaning injured a lot because he’s too aggressive.
Trevon Moehrig - He’s the best free safety prospect in the draft and has gotten plenty of media attention but I think he goes in the second half of round one and the only way the Lions have a shot at him is via a trade scenario.
Jevon Holland - He’s 6’1 200lbs and ran a 4.48. He’s a strong coverage safety and I like what he brings to the table. I think he will likely be one of the top 3 safeties drafted and could go early to mid round 2.
Richie Grant - I know a lot of sites project him at FS but at UCF he took snaps at FS, SS, and Box Safety. I like him as a versatile chess piece who you can move around and be use as a MOD defender, FS or SS. Personally I think he projects well for a cover 2 or cover 3 defense. Grant is 24 years old and this may cost him to slide a little. He may just make it to our 3rd round pick but I doubt it.