Handing Out Grades for the Detroit Lions’ 2020 NFL Draft Class

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The 2020 NFL Draft is over and the Detroit Lions are walking away with nine new additions to the team. How do those picks look right now? Let’s find out.

Well, after three days of fun and plenty of shocks, the 2020 NFL Draft is officially over. The Detroit Lions came into the draft with nine picks and left with the same amount, despite making multiple trades on days two and three.

The Lions made one pick in each round of the 2020 NFL Draft, plus an extra pick in both the third and fifth rounds. Detroit made two trades throughout the draft, one in round three and one in round four.

The first trade came in the middle of round three when the Detroit Lions traded the 85th, 149th, and 182nd picks to the Indianapolis Colts for the 75th and 197th overall picks. The Lions then went on to draft Ohio State Guard Jonah Jackson with the 75th overall pick.

Jackson was not the only former OSU player to join the team in Michigan. Cornerback Jeff Okudah was their first-round pick and defensive lineman Jashon Cornell was their last pick in the draft at 235 overall.

The following trade was made with the Las Vegas Raiders when the Lions traded back to the 121st overall pick from the 109th overall pick in exchange, with Detroit also gaining the 172nd overall pick in the NFL draft. After trading back, the Lions would then go onto select Kentucky guard Logan Stenberg.

At the end of the night, the Detroit Lions walked away from the draft with one defensive back, one wide receiver, two running backs, two interior offensive linemen, and three defensive linemen. They filled three of their top team needs well enough and sprinkled in a few extra quality picks as well.

That’s not to say there weren’t any head-scratchers this year, as there definitely was, but we’ll talk about that a little later on. For now, let’s delve into how the Lions made out in the 2020 NFL Draft, what to expect from the newest members of the team that will soon be donning the Honolulu blue, and what letter grades each one of the picks deserves.

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