Detroit Lions Josh Paschal NFL scouting report

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AllLions John Maakaron recently had the chance to catch up with the NFL Draft Bible’s Zack Patraw regarding EDGE Josh Paschal, the Detroit Lions’ 2022 second-round selection (No. 46 overall).

Paschal brings strong leadership traits to the table, being a former three-time Kentucky Wildcats captain.

“At the end of the day, I like to build relationships with my teammates,” Paschal said during his introductory press conference. “I like being able to direct different guys in different ways, for some guys – I believe every person you direct, you have to have that connection with. But, some guys you learn to respond better to calling someone, and some guys react better to pulling someone to the side Going to Detroit now to really take it in this freshman year and being able to learn from the veterans I was lucky enough to be around Logan Stenberg, too , a guy from Kentucky up there. He only told me good things about Detroit. So I’m looking forward to it.

Here are Patraw’s thoughts on what Paschal will bring to the Lions defence.

1.) What do the Detroit Lions get from defensive end Josh Paschal?

Zack Patraw: The Lions get a pro-ready prospect. He will put in consistent effort and go 110% on every game.

2.) What did the reconnaissance reports reveal about Pascal’s strengths and weaknesses?

patraw: His versatility is one of his great strengths. He can play up and down the defensive line. It is one of the best in its class at converting speed into power. He’s a guy who will win the battle for leverage, with his drive and overall strength.

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For a guy his size, he has tremendous flexibility and can bend over the edge. He may have already reached his potential. What you get is what you will get.

3.) The first comparisons were made with Emmanuel Ogbah and Shaq Barrett. How do you see Paschal’s game translating to the NFL?

patraw: The Lions will likely field him in various ways inside, ranging from a 3-tech to a 5-tech. In their scheme, he will not be a standing outside EDGE rusher, but will be an inside threat that rushes and stuffs his head.

4.) Detroit Lions and general manager Brad Holmes raves about Paschal’s versatility. The Lions coaching staff have said they are going to play him out of tackle in basic formations and possibly move him to tackle at some point in his career. He has the potential to be very disruptive playing the threesome technique as well as on the road. What is the best way to use Pascal in your opinion?

patraw: Move it. Create offsets on guards and crosses. It will be difficult for interior offensive linemen to match his speed and strength throughout the game. Finding the right games to exploit will benefit him early in his career.

5.) The Lions defensive line looks to have a lot of potential to play better in 2022, with the addition of Paschal and Aidan Hutchinson. How do you think the Lions will finish in the Pass-Rush statistical categories in their first year playing together?

patraw: As a team that had just 30 sacks last year, which ranked third worst in the NFL, the Lions should make a significant leap in that regard. Hutchinson offers a solid speed profile as an outside EDGE rusher, while Paschal offers inside versatility to stop the run and rush the passer. The duo should prove to be dynamic and nightmarish for opposing quarterbacks.

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