2023 mock NFL Draft 2.0: Fallout from free agency wave and NFL Combine

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Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns
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. Running Back . Longhorns . Bijan Robinson. 6. player. 851

On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 6: Detroit Lions: – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas

Mock Draft 1.0 – Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

This will seem like a pick out of left field, but the Detroit Lions have never truly believed in D’Andre Swift (who doesn’t have the best durability anyway) and Jamaal Williams has left the team. Bijan Robinson isn’t just the best running back in the draft but he has a good claim to being the player overall in this draft class.

Robinson ran for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns at 6.1 yards per carry this season. He also notched 19 receptions for 314 yards and two scores.

Robinson is truly one of those players who doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. He’s an amazing route runner and is as good as almost any receiver in recent memory. He’s twitchy but strong, elusive but rugged. He can run over the top of defenders or run rings around them. He’s not the fastest, but he’s fast enough.

Buffalo in particular are said to be enamored with the young running back, so if Robinson falls it won’t be for very long. But Detroit have had a habit of taking the best player available under head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes.

This is a bit of a wild pick, but Detroit have a promising roster that will be a playoff contender next season. They don’t need to reach, they just have to go with the best player available here.