ESPN revealed their most “head-scratching picks” from the 2022 NFL Draft on Monday and they think an NFC North franchise’s first-round selection was among the draft’s most puzzling choices.

Stephania Bell, an ESPN analyst, wasn’t a big fan of the Detroit Lions’ decision to trade up in the first round to select Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams.

Detroit traded three draft picks (No. 32, No. 34, and No. 66) to trade up to No. 12 to select Williams (the Lions also received the No. 46 overall pick back in the trade).

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Dec 31, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs with the ball as Cincinnati Bearcats safety Bryan Cook (6) defends during the second half in the 2021 Cotton Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports NFC

Here’s what Bell had to say about the selection:

WR Jameson Williams to the Lions at No. 12. Don’t get me wrong. I loveWilliams and the talent he will bring to the NFL. But the Lions have needs aplenty, which makes it hard for me to buy the logic of sacrificing picks Nos. 32, 34 and 66 for the chance to pluck Williams, a wide receiver just over three months removed from ACL reconstruction surgery. (Detroit did also get No. 46 back in the swap.) The hope is that the Lions are playing the long game and will be patient with his return-to-play status, especially given their other able pass-catchers, including receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, tight end T.J. Hockenson and running back De’Andre Swift.

I think Bell is spot on here. I like Willams a lot. In fact, I think he was the best wide receiver in the draft, even though he’s recovering from a torn ACL (he likely won’t be ready for the start of the 2022 season).

But the Lions had a litany of other needs they could’ve addressed with the picks they gave up for Williams.

Detroit isn’t in a position to compete for the NFC North division title, mostly due to not having a franchise quarterback (sorry Jared Goff — there’s a reason the Los Angeles Rams moved on from you). Drafting a potentially elite wide receiver isn’t going to do much to help the Lions in 2022. The fact Williams almost certainly won’t play all 17 games this upcoming season just makes this pick even more confusing.

I guess Detroit can relish in the fact that they kept Williams away from the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears — rivals that still need a true No. 1 wide receiver.

Other than that, this could prove to be a wasted pick for a team that seems to be undergoing a permanent rebuild.

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