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Detroit Lions 2020 Draft Grade:  B

Jeff Okudah is a potential star.  He had better be if he's a cornerback taken in the top 5.  D'Andre Swift is a star and the type of player that can carry a team. 3rd round G Jonah Jackson is a late rounder who is a fringe NFL starter.  Julian Okwara has the physical traits to be an elite pass rusher, but he's not consistent and has battled injury.   We liked 4th round G Logan Stenberg who is a mauler and should work nicely in front of Swift. 

Detroit Lions 2018 Draft Grade: C

We think the Lions reached on two of their first three picks.  C Frank Ragnow is a try hard guy who lacks the athleticism, particularly to be taken as a first round center.  He'll start and be fine, but this is too early.  Third round safety Tracy Walker was a guy we hadn't even scouted.  When they flashed his highlights during the draft the caption said: "Third team All-Conference".  That's not good in the conference he plays in. Kerryon Johnson will be a nice starting tailback if he can avoid injury and get any blocking. OT Tyrell Crosby was a nice value pick in the fifth round, but they didn't get enough impact players.

Detroit Lions 2017 Draft Grade: C+

First round linebacker Jarrad Davis has star written all over him if he can stay healthy. San Diego CB Jamal Egnew and Florida CB Teez Tabor both have starting potential.  Fourth round TE Michael Roberts and LB Jaylen Reeves-Maybin were solid value picks in the mid to late rounds. 

Detroit Lions 2016 Draft Grade: C-

We like the positions the Lions took, just not the players.  Taylor Decker was a borderline first rounder and they took him at 16.  A'shawn Robinson's motor runs hot and cold and 4th round safety Miles Killebrew has some major issues with tackling.  Third round center Graham Glasgow wasn't projected nearly that high.  LB Antwoine Williams has some potential and DT Anthony Zettel is a try hard guy who will probably find a way to earn snaps, but the Lions didn't add enough impact players.


We like what the Lions are building through their last few drafts.  They are a team that appears to be on the upswing and if they had a better party bus for the head of officials they would have won a road playoff game last year.  First round guard Laken Tomlinson isn't sexy, but he should be a day one starter along with Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford.  Second round running back Ameer Abdullah gives them a home run threat to keep defenses honest. We think all of the rest of their picks, even 7th round tackle Corey Robinson, have a chance to be in the mix for playing time in 2015.  Defensive tackle Gabe Wright was a nice value in the 4th and corners Alex Carter and Quandre Diggs provide depth in the secondary.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Isaiah Johnson- S, Georgia Tech

Detroit Lions 2014 Draft Grade: B+

The Lions drafted for good value in nearly every round, our only real issue was with them drafting TE Eric Ebron with a top ten pick when they re-signed Brandon Pettigrew and also have Joseph Fauria in the fold.  Kyle Van Noy was a nice pick in the 2nd round as was C Travis Swanson in the 3rd.  Princeton DT Caraun Reid in the 5th round was their best value pick.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Cornelius Lucas, OT, Kansas State