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Lions draft picks 2021: When does Detroit pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

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Lions draft picks 2021: When does Detroit pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

The Matthew Stafford era with the Detroit Lions has come to an end. After 12 years with the Lions, Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff and some future first-round picks. Under coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes, Detroit will try to rebuild.

With the seventh overall pick, the Lions appear to be a good spot to land an impact playmaker. They probably won’t opt for a quarterback after acquiring Goff, so they can go with a top receiver there or look to take one of the best defenders in the entire draft. It all depends on what Campbell and Holmes envision for the team.

The Matt Patricia-era Lions did already have some talented players on the roster, so Campbell does have some pieces to work with. Supplementing them will be key to making the most out of his first season with the Lions. And on offense, they need to make sure that Goff is surrounded by talent. Otherwise, he could have a lot of trouble as a starter.

Here’s a look at the Lions’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

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Lions draft picks 2021: When does Detroit pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 7
  • Round 2, Pick No. 41
  • Round 3, Pick No. 72
  • Round 3, Pick No. 101
  • Round 4, Pick No. 112
  • Round 5, Pick No. 153

Lions 2021 NFL Draft order

Round Pick
1 7
2 9
3 8
3 38 (Compensatory Selection)
4 7
5 9

MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQ

Lions NFL Draft needs

  • Wide receiver: The Lions let Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk in free agency and replaced them with Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams. Both are good deep threats, but the Lions need help in the slot and could use a true No. 1 receiver as Perriman and Williams would be best as secondary and tertiary options.
  • Quarterback: Sean McVay wanting to upgrade Jared Goff doesn’t seem good for the future of the quarterback. Goff is still young enough to pan out, but adding another young passer in the middle rounds of the draft to compete with him would be a sensible move.
  • Defensive line: Retaining Romeo Okwara after a 10-sack season was a good move by the Lions, but they need depth behind him and Trey Flowers. It also wouldn’t hurt them to find a better starting option next to Michael Brockers than John Penisini.
  • Cornerback: The Lions have 2020 first-round pick Jeff Okudah at the position, but they cut Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman, their two starters from last year. They’ll need someone to compete for those two jobs with Amani Oruwariye and Mike Ford.
  • Linebacker: The Lions need upgrades at all three levels of their defense. They signed Alex Anzalone to compete with Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai for playing time, but adding a top linebacker prospect to push the 31-year-old Collins and oft-injured Anzalone would be a good move.

Detroit Lions mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Lions, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:

Round Pick Team Position College
1 7 DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
2 9 Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame
3 8 Daviyon Nixon DT Iowa
3 38 Dazz Newsome WR North Carolina
4 7 Shakur Brown CB Michigan State
5 9 Janarius Robinson EDGE Florida State

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook's NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Monday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 36th of the year. That insane output is helping him average, for the fourth time in his career, a triple-double over the course of the season. The previous such campaigns came in 2016-17 through 2018-19.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

Here are some of the best reactions to Westbrook’s history-making feat:

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Kenny Mayne’s ESPN cover letter was perfect precursor to his incredible career

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament

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Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament

The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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The Celtics offered no specific timetable for Brown’s return to the court, but as The Athletic’s Jared Weiss noted, Boston guard Romeo Langford suffered the same injury last year and took about six months to recover. If Brown stays roughly on that timeline, he should be available to rejoin the lineup for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Brown dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues throughout the season, but the 24-year-old still managed to earn his first All-Star selection with some of the best individual numbers of his career. He averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

Even if other players step up in Brown’s absence, the Celtics, currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, are unlikely to make a deep run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. They would face an uphill battle in a potential first-round series against the 76ers, Nets or Bucks, the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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