The Lions added a defensive line, an offensive tackle and a fullback on the third day of the draft. We discuss.
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Mel Kiper, ESPN
Matt Patricia's first draft as a Lions coach can be defined by whether they finally find a consistent run. It was unclear that the O-line and backbone were ready. Detroit moved up eight spots to No. 43 (and handed pick 117) to take Kerryon Johnson, who had 20 total touchdowns last season. Johnson was my ninth ranked back, and I had higher players on my board, plus hurt worry at Auburn give me a break. There is no doubt that he is talented, but will he be a three-nerback? Can he be called in passport?
Detroit helped the running game with center Frank Ragnow in Round 1 (20) and got a potential steal at 153 in offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby, who left left tack in Oregon and had a foot injury in 2016. And fullback Nick Bawden sent it The seventh round will also help there. The best true blocking fullback in this draft should make the team. Security Tracy Walker (82) went higher than I thought he would go, but the four-year starter impressed the team in the combination. Since Shawn Hand (114) is a patriotype – he has all the moves in the world to be a good player, and he can defendively defend or defendly defeat.
] Andy Benoit, Idrotts Illustrated
Detroit's field play has ranked 26th or worst in turns per try every four years – including ranking dead by 2017 – and GM Bob Quinn was determined to change it. Frank Ragnow, who boasts the strength and aggression admired by many scouts, begins on day 1 and fills the hole created by Travis Swanson's departure. Picking Ragnow and Kerryon Johnson confirm what we can convince the LeGarrette Blount stamp signature: The Lions want a bruise. On the downside, the Lions did not find a fitting tight end to replace Eric Ebron – they simply did not have enough choices to meet that need. The work is now falling to ex-Seahawk Luke Willson, who is at least knowledgeable going down the stitches.
The rest of this draft served to recapture Detroit's defense in the new head coach Matt Patricia's image. Tracy Walker gives depth to safety, something Matt Patricia used smartly in New England. When the "Shawn Hand", which the lions went to round 4, is a defensive finish of five techniques, which means he wins with strength and mechanics. Patricia's patriots always employed this kind of D-line man as opposed to the brighter (and more expensive) edge benders.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Bob Quinn promised to fix running games, and Frank Ragnow's internal blocking will help. Shop for Kerryon Johnson was questionable for the backfield, and Walker was a range for the secondary. Lions ignore linebacker and tight than was not good.
Chad Reuter, NFL.com
Detroit became stronger in the middle by picking Frank Ragnow, who could play the guard for now, or move to the center if needed. Anyway, he will move the line of scrimmage. Matthew Stafford feels better already. The Lions were so interested in Kerryon Johnson that they gave up a fourth round picking to move up eight spots. That's the marginal value, but I expect Johnson to be a good back. Since & # 39; Shawn Hand can end up quite a good internal player, but he must immediately help to host a 2019 third round. Great value in Tyrell Crosby, which should be a starter for guard or tackle very soon because of his strength.  Rating: B
Nate Davis, USA Today
Second-runner Kerryon Johnson will get the headlines, provided he can break with the latest tradition and keep up better than other high-end Lions tailbacks. Otherwise, the new coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn were busy reinforcing their lines, starting with the first round of C Frank Ragnow.
Rating: C +
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