Earlier in the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions doubled up on guard. Now, they’ve doubled up at the running back position.
With the 172 overall pick, the Lions have selected New Mexico State running back Jason Huntley. Earlier in the draft, the Lions used their 35th overall pick on Georgia running back D’Andre Swift.
Huntley is a small back—5-foot-8, 182 pounds—who’s immediate impact may be as a contender for a returner role on the team. Though the Lions likely like who they have in Jama Agnew, Huntley was the FBS leader in kick return touchdowns in 2018 (3) and has five in his career. Over four years at New Mexico State, Huntley average 25.8 yards per kick return.
Why is he so good at kick returning? He’s got speed for days:
With pick 172 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the #Lions selected Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 25, 2020
He posted a great #RAS with very poor size, great speed, elite explosiveness, okay agility at the RB position.https://t.co/qkSTe39WeF#OnePride pic.twitter.com/1ysNuEe7p6
Detroit has two more picks left tonight.
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
Lions remaining picks
Top remaining needs for Lions:
- Defensive tackle
Offensive guard Wide receiver Edge defender Running back
NFL Draft schedule
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)