NFL Draft 2020 Review: Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions will look to escape the NFL North Division cellar.  Let’s see if their picks in the NFL Draft will allow for the Lions to turn things around next season.

Round 1, Pick 3:  Jeff Okudah – CB – Ohio State (6’1″, 205 lbs).  Okudah was the best cornerback in college football last season.  He will start immediately and should be a cornerstone for the Lions defense in this decade.

Round 2, Pick 3:  D’Andre Swift – RB – Georgia (5’8″, 212 lbs).  Swift will give Detroit a nice one-two punch at running back along with Kerryon Johnson.

Round 3, Pick 3:  Julian Okwara – DE – Notre Dame (6’4″, 252 lbs).  Okwara only played in nine games last season due to injury, but he averaged two tackles for loss per game.  That type of pressure is desperately needed on the Lions defense.

Round 3, Pick 11:  Jonah Jackson – G – Ohio State (6’3″, 306 lbs).  Jackson adds depth to the interior of the offensive line at either guard or center.

Round 4, Pick 15:  Logan Stenberg – G – Kentucky (6’6″, 317 lbs).  The Lions double down by adding more interior offensive lineman depth.

Round 5, Pick 21:  Quintez Cephus – WR – Wisconsin (6’1″, 202 lbs).  Cephus will compete for a backup wide receiver spot.

Round 5, Pick 27:  Jason Huntley – RB – New Mexico State (5’9″, 193 lbs).  Huntley should see some time as a third-down running back and as a kick returner (5 career return TD’s).

Round 6, Pick 18:  John Penisini – DT – Utah (6’1″, 318 lbs).  Penisini adds depth to the defensive line as a run-stopper.

Round 7, Pick 21:  Jashon Cornell – DT – Ohio State (6’3″, 285 lbs).  Cornell adds depth as he is able to play at end or at tackle along the defensive line.

Grade:  The Lions lost most of their games last season because they did not get the job done in the trenches.  Bolstering up both lines will be helpful.  Grade:  C+.


What do you think?

Written by ahol888

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  1. the lions have struggled for years.

    I remember their teams in the 60s they were good and of course, we hated the Lions!!!!

    i think that the reality of the modern game, cornerbacks and pass rushers are critical. They got two good ones.

    we shall see pal!


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