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Dan Campbell Refutes Premature NFL Draft Rumor

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ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN - JULY 28: Detroit Lions head football coach Dan Campbell speaks with the media before the Detroit Lions Training Camp on July 28, 2021 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

There's a strong chance that the Detroit Lions will have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But while fans may be ready to speculate on who the Lions will go after if they get it, head coach Dan Campbell is heading one rumor off at the pass.

On Wednesday, NFL insider Josina Anderson reported that the Lions are in the mindset to take Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux if they get the top pick. Thibodeaux is considered by most to be the top prospect in the draft, regardless of position.

But if that's true, it's news to Campbell. He told the media today that he's not focused on the draft and deferred all questions on the topic to general manager Brad Holmes.

“Is the draft within the next day or so?” Campbell rhetorically asked, via LionsWire. “Because then I would be very interested, but right now, no. I really don’t (get involved). That’s Brad’s department right now. I’m so focused on what we have here and getting prepared for (this week’s game) Arizona, to be honest with you.”

Kayvon Thibodeaux is a stud pass rusher with 19.0 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in just 30 games for Oregon. His size and motor makes him ideal for stardom at the next level.

But the Lions have to get that top pick first and that's not a guarantee. With four games left in the season, the 1-11-1 Lions could conceivably win one more game while either the Texans or Jaguars lose out.

If that happens, the Lions will fall to the second or third pick.

It's all speculation for the time being though. There's several more weeks of football to be played before any portion of the draft order is finalized.