NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah took part in a national conference call with media members Friday ahead of next week's NFL Scouting Combine. Here are some highlights from that call:
1. Jeremiah said there will probably be a market for the Lions to trade back from the No. 3 pick and acquire more draft capital, but Jeremiah said Detroit has to be careful how far they move back if they still want to grab one of the top defenders in this draft.
Jeremiah said there's a group of five defenders at the top – defensive end Chase Young, defensive tackle Derrick Brown, cornerback Jeff Okudah, linebacker Isaiah Simmons and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw – then there's a significant drop off to the next group of defensive players. Jeremiah said Detroit probably won't want to go farther back than picks No. 6 or 7 if they still want a player among those top group of defenders.
2. Speaking of Okudah, among the top corners drafted in recent years, only Marshon Lattimore had a higher grade from Jeremiah than Okudah.
"I've got a big grade on (Okudah)," Jeremiah said. "He does everything you want in terms of size, length, twitch, competitiveness, intelligence, ball skills, toughness. I mean, he checks all the boxes," Jeremiah said. "I would say just beneath Lattimore in terms of my college grade over the last I don't know how many years.
"As a player, you kind of figure out, 'OK, who does he remind you of?' It's Stephon Gillmore when he was coming out of South Carolina. This kid has that type of ability."
3. Jeremiah said Brown reminded him of Ndamukong Suh when he watched his tape. That's pretty high praise. He said he had the same grade on Brown at his defensive tackle position that he does Young at defensive end.
4. In his first mock draft, Jeremiah has the Lions selecting Okudah at No. 3.
"Detroit could easily auction off this slot to those teams in search of a quarterback. If the Lions stick and pick, Okudah would provide a much-needed upgrade in their secondary," Jeremiah wrote.
But why mock Okudah to Detroit if Brown has a higher grade and defensive tackle is also a position of need for the Lions?
"I have them going with a corner just because I thought with Jeffrey Okudah the chance for him to come in and play coverage with your defense back to front and fit more of the philosophy. If you're going to go by the Patriots and how they've done things and make the connections with (Matt) Patricia, kind of building up that secondary" Jeremiah said.
"(New England's) kind of flipped the script. I personally would go front to back, and take the defensive lineman, but I look at the success the Patriots have had recently, they've done it with more premier players in the secondary than at the line of scrimmage. That's why I had Detroit looking in that direction."
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5. Washington should demand a huge haul for the No. 2 pick because of how valuable Young can be as the premier pass rusher in this class, per Jerimiah. He mentioned multiple first-round picks.
6. Jeremiah loves this class of wide receivers. He has a top-three-round grade on 27 receivers in this class. He also thinks this is a deep and talented class of corners.
7. Where is this 2020 draft not as strong? Jeremiah listed linebacker, edge rusher and tight end as three positions that are a little thin overall in this draft.