Experts like Detroit Lions’ NFL draft pick Josh Paschal; ‘a 10-year player in this league’

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The Detroit Lions took Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal with their second-round pick at No. 46 overall and NFL Network’s Charles Davis called him one of his favorite players in the draft.

“He has the heavy hands, (can work) inside-outside … but (what I like most) is the character and what he’s going to bring to that locker room, he said.” He’s going to be a 10-year player in this league and he’s going to play well. “

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Paschal went to Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland – home of NFL products Stefon Diggs and Kendall Fuller. He became the first three-time captain in program history for the Wildcats and was named a Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year finalist as a senior.

Josh Paschal was selected by the Detroit Lions with the No. 45 overall pick in Round 2 of the 2022 NFL draft on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Las Vegas.

“The versatility is the key here for sure,” said ESPN’s Louis Riddick. “Matter of fact, he will play everything from a 1 to a 9. He will be straight in the center, next thing you know he’s out in space, he will be in a two-point (stance), he will be in a three-point (stance).

“I like him inside. I think he’s more instinctive inside as a pass rusher and his body type probably fits as a three-technique more than an outside.”

Paschal is the second defensive lineman the Lions took in the draft, after selecting hometown product Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall.

Paschal had his most productive year as a senior, playing in 12 games and totaling 53 tackles, a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, a blocked kick and led the Wildcats with eight quarterback hurries.

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Former Auburn coach and current SEC Network analyst Gene Chizik called him, “the most under-appreciated defensive player in the SEC” last season.He was named first-team All-SEC and recorded at least one tackle for loss in 10 of his 12 games, but there are still areas of his game to improve.

“Right now he’s a better run player than he is a pass player,” said ESPN’s Booger McFarland. “He can set the edge and dominate.

“You’re going to have to coach him up as far as being a pass rusher but I love his physicality. He’s scheme-versatile, he can play a 4-3 or a 3-4, he will bring a level of physicality and toughness to your organization. “

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: ESPN analysts like Detroit Lions’ NFL draft pick Josh Paschal

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