Detroit Lions 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3, Pick 66
Waiting until the third round might be too late for this pick, but if Alec Pierce is on the board here, the Detroit Lions have to take him, especially if Ridder is the quarterback they take. Pierce has rising draft stock and it shouldn’t be a coincidence that both Ridder and Pierce saw their stats jump in 2021. These two have chemistry and it could be huge if the Lions pair them together once again.
At 6-foot-3, Pierce is a deep threat with the ability to use his size. He’s drawn comparisons to Donovan Peoples-Jones who has repeatedly created downfield mismatches in Cleveland. He could also be a bit bigger version of Hunter Renfrow with his catching ability and disregard for traffic.
Pierce will need to improve his route running, but bringing him in with Ridder should help the growth of both. That alone makes this pick well worth it.
Detroit Lions 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3, Pick 97
The Detroit Lions are going to need safety help in the 2022 NFL Draft. This might be considered a bit high for Tycen Anderson, but he shows a lot of promise with size that will translate to the NFL well. Being from Detroit’s backyard in Toledo, Anderson could be a great fit in the Motor City.
A First-Team All-MAC selection in 2021 after being Second-Team in 2020, Anderson stands 6-foot-2 with length and toughness to match. He has the ability to read plays and the speed to close on those reads quickly. The downside is scheme.
Anderson is best fit for nickel coverage and maybe a linebacker-safety hybrid role. Right now, it’s questionable for how much more he can do beyond that in the NFL. That can obviously change, but Anderson could be pigeon-holed to a specific role at the next level.