2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Detroit Lions draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Detroit Lions 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Detroit got Penei Sewell. He might just be the second-best player in this draft, he’s a special offensive tackle prospect, and he slid. Let everyone else dink around with the wide receivers – the Lions got their anchor for the next decade.
– It’s not like defensive tackle was a huge need, but the Lions definitely are setting a tone that they want to get tough, big, and nasty on the interior with Levi Onwuzurike from Washington and NC State’s Alim McNeill. And that’s how you do it – go with good position players early, and value positions like receiver and running back late, like …
– WR Amon-Ra St. Brown in the fourth round was terrific, and don’t be shocked if Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson is the rare seventh rounder who sticks. Again, go with the positions that always slide late – Detroit did that.
Best Value Pick: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon, 1st round, 7th pick overall
Biggest Reach: CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse, 3rd round, 101st overall
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State, 7th round, 257th overall
Detroit Lions 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (7) OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
2 (41) DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
3 (101) CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
3 (72) DT Alim McNeill, NC State
4 (112) WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
4 (113) LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue
7 (257) RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
Detroit Lions 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
It seems to be lost that Jared Goff really isn’t a bad quarterback. This idea that Detroit has to upgrade with one of the big five QB prospects is silly – the guy at the 7 would have to be truly special to be stronger than Goff. Give the new quarterback more to work with, and let’s see what happens.
The Lions had a terrific draft in 2020, even though it’s been only one year to go by. When Jeff Okudah is healthy, it’ll be like getting a top pick back in the secondary, RB D’Andre Swift in the second and WR Quintez Cephus in the fifth helped, and now it’s time to find a gamebreaker. At the 7, here comes the star wide receiver.
With five of the top 112 picks, this needs to be a no waste draft. There are only six picks, but there aren’t any throwaway fliers in the sixth and seventh rounds. There are needs – more defensive backs and offensive linemen would be nice – but they can go Best Player Available to simply build up the overall talent level.
Detroit Lions 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
2 RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
3 LB/DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
3 OG Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
4 OG Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
5 WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin
5 RB Jason Huntley, New Mexico State
6 DT John Penisini, Utah
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