Detroit Lions post-2022 NFL draft power rankings rise

Early reviews follow the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.

According to leading draft pundits and league analysts, the Detroit Lions walked away from the draft with players who fit the culture and have a significant chance to make a positive impact on the roster.

Lions general manager Brad Holmes added several players the team was excited to pick, including wide receiver Jameson Williams and defensive linemen Josh Paschal and Aidan Hutchinson.

Here’s a look at the way too early NFL power rankings, which were released after the draft was concluded.

Sports Illustrated

Power Ranking: 26th

“Maybe the Lions could surprise us and get back into the quarterback conversation at some point, giving Jared Goff some legitimate competition. Although they haven’t had that much better this offseason, signing DJ Chark seemed like one of the best receiver deals in an absurd period of NFL free agency. Chark has an athletic advantage that was simply untapped with the Jaguars. Its managing editor, Dave Caldwell, has a strong receiver draft record, including undrafted Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, both of whom played vital roles in the team’s 2017 AFC Championship run. While it might be in their best interests to hit rock bottom and pray for another Matthew Stafford to land on their lap, Dan Campbell would likely respond to a tank request with a full Swayzeian. Relay flair, delivering one athletic kick after another at any suggestion the Lions should lose on purpose.”

Audacity

Power Ranking: 24th

“The Lions probably aren’t employing their starting quarterback long term, but whoever succeeds Jared Goff will be in a good position to succeed. The Lions were successful in their draft by adding Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams in the first round. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Penei Sewell and D’Andre Swift are all part of a promising young core for the Lions.Every time Aaron Rodgers retires or no longer plays for the Packers, there will be a power vacuum in the NFC North. There’s no reason the Lions couldn’t be next in their division.”

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USA today

Power Ranking: 24th

“After following last year’s winless start with a 3-3 finish, Detroit looks to be charging well and should be ready to move from biting kneecaps to pounding the body.”

NFL.com

Power Ranking: 27th

“The Lions are starting to look like the Browns were a few years ago: a likeable underdog approaching. The draft has provided more reason to believe Detroit is on the right path. Aidan Hutchinson, the No. total, is a hometown kid who will provide an instant jolt to the team’s moribund passing rush Detroit then made a surprise trade on the board to nab recovering Alabama stallion Jameson Williams after ACL surgery but gifted — like Hutchinson — with All-Pro potential. Jared Goff will remain the bridge at quarterback for another year, but the Lions are building something here. Hard Knocks is going to be fun.

CBS Sports

Power Ranking: 28th

“They had an impressive draft, which keeps this team moving in the right direction. Without a quarterback pick, it’s still Jared Goff as the signalman.”

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