For Detroit Lions, it's time to start talking draft and Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux

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Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the Detroit Lions' 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and looks at players who helped and hurt their stock Sunday at Ford Field:

Stock up

Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux: It’s time to start thinking draft, and since the Lions are the only winless team left in the NFL, it’s OK to dream about the No. 1 overall pick. As badly as this team needs a quarterback, Thibodeaux looks like the top talent available. He had his second sack of the season Friday night against Cal (after missing the first half for a targeting suspension) and would make a great pairing with Romeo Okwara and some of the other young linemen on the Lions’ defense.

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux celebrates a stop against California, Oct. 15, 2021.
Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux celebrates a stop against California, Oct. 15, 2021.

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WR Kalif Raymond: The Lions do not have many NFL-caliber receivers on their roster, but Raymond has been a nice find. A return man for most of his career, Raymond has 20 catches through six games this season, one more than he had in his first five seasons combined. He finished with six catches for 37 yards Sunday and was the only Lions receiver to catch a pass in the first half.

CB Jerry Jacobs: Jacobs got beat in coverage on both of Ja’Marr Chase’s big catches, but two starts in, Jacobs looks like he belongs. He laid a big hit on Joe Mixon to force a fumble (that Mixon recovered) and he showed his physicality with Chase at the line of scrimmage. Jacobs stumbled on one of Chase’s big plays and should have had safety help over the top on the other. If nothing else, the Lions have found a couple promising young cornerbacks in this otherwise dismal season.

Stock down

QB Jared Goff: The Lions’ offensive struggles go well beyond Goff. Their receiving corps is atrocious and they are down their two best offensive linemen, but Goff has to do more to jumpstart the offense if he’s going to have a future in Detroit. The Lions had less than 100 yards of offense through three quarters Sunday.

Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) tackles Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) during the first half Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Ford Field.
Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) tackles Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) during the first half Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Ford Field.

LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin: A week after he made the Lions’ biggest defensive play, ripping a fumble out of Alexander Mattison’s hands, Reeves-Maybin had a couple costly errors Sunday. He missed a tackle on Mixon in the backfield and got beat for a 24-yard touchdown by Chris Evans. He finished with seven tackles, so things weren't all bad. But the touchdown was the biggest defensive mistake the Lions made in a tight first half.

OT Penei Sewell: Sewell played better than he did the previous two weeks, when he allowed two sacks in losses to the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. But he had a killer mistake in the second quarter, when he allowed a pressure to Trey Hendrickson (and was flagged for holding) that blew up a fourth-and-4 pass. Sewell should be a good player in time. He is incredibly talented. And his struggles this season should in no way dissuade the Lions from drafting his former teammate Thibodeaux if they have the chance.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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