The Detroit Lions surprised many by going defensive line with their first two picks in the draft after selecting Josh Paschal with their second-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the 46th overall pick. Paschal is a Prince George’s County native who attended school and played football at Good Counsel in Olney, where he was ranked among the top defensive ends in the country.
Paschal has overcome plenty in his NCAA football career. After a strong freshman season in 2017, he was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma lesion that was discovered on his foot, in August of 2018. It was a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer called acral lentiginous melanoma, or ALM. And it needed to be treated immediately. Josh had multiple surgeries on his foot to remove the cancerous growth and replace the damaged tissue.
On November 17, 2018, barely four months removed from the operating room, Josh suited up for the final home game of the season. The rest is history, as he has made a name for himself and has made it to the NFL.
Our Lady of Good Counsel posted the following message:
“2nd Round. Pick 46. Josh Paschal to the Detroit Lions.
Congrats to one of our very best @jpaschal.4 who will no doubt make an immediate impact on the field, in the Detroit locker room, and in the community of his new home.
Featured photo courtesy of Good Counsel.