The NFL Draft is done. Detroit have had, by most accounts, one of the most successful drafts in recent memory. In previous posts I went into detail day-by-day, but I thought I would briefly roundup the major takes from all 3 posts.
Detroit's draft class of 2020 (and my gradings for each) are:-
Pick 3 - Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State) A
Pick 35 - D'Andre Swift (RB, Georgia) A-
Pick 67 - Julian Okwara (Edge/LB, Notre Dame) A
Pick 75 - Jonah Jackson (G, Ohio State) B+
Pick 121 - Logan Stenberg (G, Kentucky) B+
Pick 166 - Qunitez Cephus (WR, Wisconsin) B+
Pick 172 - Jason Huntley (RB, New Mexico State) B-
Pick 197 - John Penisini (DT, Utah) A-
Pick 235 - Jashon Cornell (DT, Ohio State) C+
Big picture on the draft - you're looking to get a couple of Day 1 starters from your top picks, a few rotational players from the middle of the draft and some challengers with the late picks, and largely that has been achieved. The top 6 picks are tremendous value and will all either start day 1 or be in the rotation. Huntley is a burner but will need to show a lot to make the roster with Ty Johnson a very similar player and Jamal Agnew as one of the best returners in the game. John Penisini should find his way into the rotation as a run stuffer. Cornell will struggle to find his way into the roster but could threaten a spot as a pass rusher.
Overall Grade: A-
The highly graded Day 1/2 picks swing the balance here.
How do you think we did? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @roarofthelions1
Next up on the blog is:
A quick recap of the post-draft rookie UDFA signings and subsequent releases
Projecting the 55 man roster and the starting lineups on offense and defense.