Detroit Lions full 2020 NFL mock draft

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An SEC standout, Jordan Elliott could be a steal in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft for the Detroit Lions. When combined with the early second-round selection of Gross-Matos, Elliott could help the Lions make sweeping upgrades to their weak defense, particularly on the defensive line.

The Lions have signed a quality run defender who is familiar with Patricia in former Cleveland Browns and Patriots contributor Danny Shelton but they need to add someone more dynamic who can make an impact in the passing game.

Elliott can be that guy. He was a highly productive defensive lineman for Missouri and received a flattering comparison to Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short from’s Lance Zierlein.

He can be an explosive, disruptive defensive tackle for the Lions who would mesh well with Shelton, Flowers and Gross-Matos on the Detroit defensive line.

Although Antonio Gibson was a wide receiver in college and ran with the wideouts at the NFL Combine, he projects as a running back at the next level. But the former Memphis Tigers star’s position should really read “playmaker” since he can take the ball to the end zone on any play.

Gibson’s numbers as a senior were outstanding. He turned 38 receptions into 735 yards and eight touchdowns for an average of nearly 20 yards per reception, and he needed only 33 carries to pick up 369 yards and four touchdowns. That’s an average of more than 11 yards per carry.

With sub-4.4s wheels despite being 6-foot, 228 pounds, Gibson is a coach’s dream athletically. Matthew Stafford would love to have Gibson on his side and he could become an even bigger X-Factor in the talented Lions offense than Reggie Bush was a few years ago.