Detroit Lions 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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With a brand new regime in place and a fresh face under center for the first time in a decade, it’s clear that the Lions' rebuild is a long-term overhaul. Early on, the theme for their draft class was building up the trenches, as their first three picks all involved players along the offensive and defensive line. Stacking talent after that and gaining value rounded out the draft class, as Brad Holmes pieced together a promising first class during his first-ever draft as a general manager.

Let’s take a look back at their 2021 NFL Draft class:

Round 1: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Pre-draft arguments were made as to whether or not Sewell would be the first offensive lineman off the board. In the end, the same thought process most had prior to him opting out of the 2020 season remained true as he became the first blocker to hear his name called. With many different directions that they could possibly go, Holmes elected to select another bookend tackle opposite of Taylor Decker. With Sewell believed to be penciled in as the team's starting right tackle from Day 1, the franchise now has two potential cornerstone blockers paired with Frank Ragnow who has quickly turned into one of the best centers in the league.

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