The Detroit Lions added athleticism to their pass defense, which ranked worst in the league with over 4,500 yards allowed in 2019, by using their third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to take Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah.
In the second round, the Lions secured what may have been the best running back in the draft class, D’Andre Swift, with the No. 35 pick. Swift has incredible value, the ability to run and catch passes, and the vision and speed to make an impact right off the bat.
Detroit used its first third-round pick to add to its defense and secured outside linebacker Julian Okwara, who’s known for a combination of strength, speed and power that makes him a potentially dangerous hybrid player. The Lions then traded up to grab guard Jonah Jackson with pick No. 75.
Day 3 brought a flurry of picks — additions to the offensive and defensive lines, with a few weapons added to the offensive arsenal in RB Jason Huntley and WR Quintez Cephus. John Simpson, a two-year starting guard at Clemson, has upside as a pass protector while Logan Stenberg has a towering presence and a successful pass blocker. Tackle John Penisini and edge rusher Jashon Cornell round out the defensive additions.
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Round 1, pick 3: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Round 2, pick 35: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Round 3, pick 67: Julian Okwara, LB, Notre Dame
Round 3, pick 75: Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
Round 4, pick 109: John Simpson, OL, Clemson
Round 4, pick 121: Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
Round 5, pick 166: Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
Round 5, pick 172: Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State
Round 6, pick 197: John Penisini, DT, Utah
Round 7, pick 235: Jashon Cornell, DE, Ohio State