The Lions are coming off of a 3-12-1 season that left more questions than answers.
This upcoming year will be the biggest of coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn’s regime.
Detroit's 2020 draft picks:
- No. 3: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
- No. 35: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
- No. 67: Julian Okwara, LB, Notre Dame
- No. 75: Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
- No. 121: Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
- No. 166: Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
- No. 172: Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State
- No. 197: John Penisini, DT, Utah
- No. 235: Jashon Cornell, DE, Ohio State
Best Pick: Jeffrey Okudah
After the departure of Darius Slay, the Lions were in desperate need of cornerback help. Okudah brings a potential shutdown corner to a secondary that was among the league’s worst in 2019. His length, athleticism and advance technique gives Detroit an immediate playmaker. This is the first time the Lions selected a corner in the opening round of the draft since Terry Fair in 1998.
Biggest Surprise: D'Andre Swift
With Kerryon Johnson unable to stay healthy and Bo Scarbrough slated to be the Week 1 starter, Detroit needed a running back upgrade. But people weren't expecting it to come as early as it did. The Lions ended Swift’s minor draft day slide; he was perceived as the top running back in the class.
Day 3 Sleeper: Logan Stenberg
After investing multiple early picks on the offensive line in years past, Quinn replenished some of the depth within the group. Stenberg is a no-nonsense tone setter who brings a lot of attitude. He is constantly playing through the echo of the whistle and could be an instant impact contributor.
X-Factor: Jeffrey Okudah
Okudah is mentioned here and rightfully so. He is expected to step into a starting role right away and become a staple in what was a forgettable secondary. It’s a tall task for any rookie, but Okudah has the talent to become one of the better corners in the league quickly.
Overall, the Lions had a solid draft. They filled immediate holes at cornerback and edge rusher and were also able to fill secondary needs at running back and interior offensive line. This was a roster that had plenty of talent in spots but needed an overhaul of talent in certain areas, which was satisfied via the draft.