So far, the 2023 NFL Draft is proving to be an exciting event. The 2023 NFL Draft has been an interesting event so far. Detroit Lions selections have been particularly puzzling. After making some questionable decisions on Day 1, they ended up selecting Tennessee quarterback Hendon hooker in Day 2.
The Lions surprised many people when they traded down to select the highly-rated defensive lineman Jalen Cart. After trading down, they selected Alabama runningback Jahmyr gibbs as their 12th pick. They also used a first-round selection on Iowa linebacker Jake Campbell. Both prospects were expected to be selected on Day 2.
The Lions may have been influenced by Texas running back Bijan robinson being ranked in the Top 10 and deciding to go for the second best running back of the league. The Lions selected great players on day 1, but they were chosen earlier than anyone would have expected.
Hendon hooker was drafted by the Lions in 2023 NFL Draft
Brad Holmes, the general manager of Detroit Lions continued to surprise with his selections by selecting the Iowa tight-end Sam LaPorta, when better tight-end prospects Michael Mayer, and Darnell WashingTON, were still available.
In the third round of the draft, the Lions chose to select the Tennessee Volunteers Hendon hooker. Hooker completed 69.6% passes in his final year at Tennessee. He had 3135 yards passing, 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. The 25-year old quarterback is a fantastic prospect, but he was unable to compete in the first round due to an ACL injury he suffered during his last season.
Will Hendon Hooker start as the Lions’ QB in 2023?
Detroit Lions have signed contracts with Jared Goff, and Nate Suffield for the season 2023. Hendon hooker has been added to the QB depth charts.
Jared Goff was the Lions’ starting quarterback for the last two seasons. Goff’s second season with Lions has seen him make significant improvements. In 2022, he had a Pro Bowl year with 4438 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. He also completed 65.1% passes.
Goff is likely to be the Lions’ starting quarterback in 2023 NFL. Goff’s contract is only two years long and if Hendon hooker proves to be the best option, the Lions may decide to move on before the 2024 season. Hooker, if Goff is not injured, will learn the Lions offense from the three-time Pro Bowler.