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Lions mock draft: Dream picks and reality

Dream pick

Tim Twentyman: Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen

Maybe if things get funky ahead of the Lions with multiple quarterbacks getting involved in the top seven picks, a player like Josh Allen out of Kentucky could fall to the Lions, but I don’t see it happening. Allen is one of the top three players in this draft. He’d have the potential to be a nice weapon opposite Trey Flowers.

Mike O'Hara: LSU linebacker Devin White

It would be a dream pick of any draft to have White and Jarrad Davis lined up side by side. There would be a race by two young players who like to arrive at the ballcarrier with bad intentions. It probably would require trading up with the Raiders to No. 4 to get ahead of Tampa Bay. That’s costly, but the payoff would be on defense. It's why dream picks keep draftniks awake at night.

Tori Petry: Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen

Allen is the type of dynamic defensive tool Matt Patricia would love to be able to use in his defense. He’ll be long gone by pick No. 8, but in a dream world he’d be in Detroit getting after opposing QBs while also helping out against the run and in coverage.

Editor's Pick: LSU linebacker Devin White

Seems like the real deal at linebacker, but I doubt he'll be there at No. 8.

Realistic pick

Tim Twentyman: LSU linebacker Devin White

Over the past few weeks, the idea of adding LSU linebacker Devin White to this defense has really grown on me. It would give the Lions two young, athletic linebackers in the middle of its defense. Matt Patricia loves the linebacker position, and getting an opportunity to add the draft’s top player at the position at No. 8 might be hard to pass up.

Mike O'Hara: Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat

I like athletes who have production to match their Combine workouts. Sweat checks the box in both categories. He had 22 sacks in his two seasons at Mississippi State. Move to watch: If the Lions trade down, Brian Burns of Florida State comes into play. He’s another talented edge rusher.

Tori Petry: Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat

It’s a popular pick, but it’s because it makes too much sense. The Lions could still use a premier pass rusher, and Sweat’s athleticism and production in the SEC make him the perfect addition to Patricia’s stable.

Editor's Pick: Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams

Don't read too much into it — I'm usually wrong.

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