Detroit Lions full 2020 NFL mock draft

Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions mock draft
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The Lions don’t need to consider replacing Stafford, but they should strongly consider drafting a significantly better backup quarterback. Stafford averaged 8.6 yards per pass attempt with only five interceptions in another crisp season under center, but David Blough and Jeff Driskel were unmitigated disasters, going 0-8 combined in the games they started. Blough was particularly embarrassing with a 64.0 QB Rating.

If anything were to happen to Stafford in 2020, the Lions would be toast with either quarterback leading the way. Even if the Day 3 quarterback they take a flier on this year isn’t ready to start immediately, they have to make an attempt to sign someone better than Driskel and Blough, who have no future upside as developmental projects either.

James Morgan isn’t an overly impressive prospect, but because he’s drawing interest from the Patriots, Patricia may see something in a player discussed as a potential Gardner Minshew. Except, well, Minshew was actually a highly productive college starter and Morgan completed well under 60 percent of his passes in Conference USA.

Still, Morgan has plenty of support as a potential sleeper who elevated his draft stock considerably with a strong Shrine Bowl performance. If the Lions like him in spite of the accuracy concerns, he’s worth a flier. He can’t be much worse than Blough.