On Sunday, we all basked in the glory of the Detroit Lions’ 2017 draft class. Like any NFL fan base (other than the Bears), optimism was running rampant. Not even the unenthusiastic response of several draft analysts could curb our enthusiasm.
We all shared our favorite picks of the draft, and most people (37%) picked Detroit’s first-round selection of linebacker Jarrad Davis.
But the honeymoon is over. Now that we’ve had a full day to digest Bob Quinn’s second draft, it’s time to poke some holes in some of his decisions. No general manager has ever had a perfect draft, and some of these picks are bound not to work out. So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions draft pick was your least favorite?
My answer: The Lions’ fifth-round pick of cornerback Jamal Agnew. Agnew is a small school player who is very raw and not likely to contribute as a cornerback for years and years to come. In fact, I believe Agnew will never be a player that will provide any meaningful snaps on defense. Agnew’s speed is exciting, and could very well propel him into the Lions’ currently vacant punt returner slot, but Detroit already has several candidates at that position.
Considering how crowded the Lions’ situation at cornerback currently is, Detroit would be taking a pretty significant risk keeping Agnew on the 53-man roster. He is likely not ready to contribute on defense, should an injury situation arise, and I’m not sure having a speedy punt returner is worth taking that risk on the gameday roster.
I would much rather have the Lions keep an additional receiver like Jace Billingsley or TJ Jones, players who are much more likely to be able to contribute beyond special teams, if needed.
What was your least favorite Lions pick in the draft?
This poll is closed
LB Jarrad Davis
CB Teez Tabor
WR Kenny Golladay
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin
TE Michael Roberts
CB Jamal Agnew
DT Jeremiah Ledbetter
QB Brad Kaaya
DE Pat O’Connor