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Detroit Lions 2020 NFL Draft Class Recap

  • The Draft Network
  • April 28, 2020
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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:

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.

Summary

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.

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