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2020 NFL Draft results: Detroit Lions select Utah DT John Penisini

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The Lions finally get a big guy to fill the middle of their defensive line.

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

At 197th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Utah defensive tackle John Penisini.

The Lions clear up their biggest remaining need by drafting a big run stuffer. At 6-foot-1, 318 pounds, Penisini could potentially fight for some time in the nose tackle and three-tech rotation.

He sure did a hell of a job stopping the run at Utah:

The Lions have one more pick to finalize their 2020 NFL draft class.

Lions picks thus far:

  • Round 1, Pick 3 - OSU CB Jeff Okudah
  • Round 2, Pick 3 (35 overall) - Georgia RB D’Andre Swift
  • Round 3, Pick 3 (67 overall) - Notre Dame EDGE Julian Okwara
  • Round 3, Pick 11 (75 overall) - OSU G Jonah Jackson
  • Round 4, Pick 15 (121 overall) - Kentucky G Logan Stenberg
  • Round 5, Pick 21 (166 overall) - Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus
  • Round 5, Pick 27 (172 overall) - New Mexico State RB Jason Huntley
  • Round 6, Pick 18 (197) - Utah DT John Penisini

Lions remaining picks

  • Round 7, Pick 21 (235 overall) - from Eagles via Patriots

Top remaining needs for Lions:

  • Cornerback
  • Defensive tackle
  • Offensive guard
  • Wide receiver
  • Edge defender
  • Running back

NFL Draft schedule

Day 3

What: Rounds 4 through 7
When: Saturday, April 25 — Noon ET until around 7 p.m.
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Online streaming: ESPN app, NFL Network Live
Online streaming for Draftathon charity event: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook
Lions picks: Round 4, Pick 3 (109); Round 5, Pick 3 (149); Round 5, Pick 20 (166); Round 6, Pick 3 (182); Round 7, Pick 21 (235)