Whether you love or hate PFF, their influence on NFL teams and the media is now undeniable. The analytics website has worked its way into the forefront of grading and analyzing individual performances both in the college and professional ranks.
This is why it’s notable that PFF has been falling over itself with praise for the Detroit Lions’ draft class. They gave the Lions an overall grade of A, and even said they believe Julian Okwara was one of the biggest steals of the draft.
“Although he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 11 this past year, there’s no reason Okwara should have been available in the third round,” Anthony Treash wrote. “With his explosiveness off the line, overall athleticism and long arms, Okwara was a first-round talent in this draft.”
Like myself, PFF isn’t a huge of drafting a running back as high as Detroit did. So when it came to listing the best and worst picks of each draft class, PFF’s Michael Renner had to list D’Andre Swift as the worst. But in his intro, he specifically said, “If your team drafted a running back in the first three rounds, the chances are it’s our least-favorite pick. To avoid sounding like a broken record, I won’t be including many of them among the least-favorite picks.”
So why did Renner stick with Swift for Detroit?
I said I wouldn’t include running backs, but that’s how much we loved the Lions’ other picks. This isn’t even an indictment of Swift, who was the top running back on PFF’s board. Lights out draft for Detroit.
- Sticking with PFF, they have this awesome video of Julian Okwara breaking down some of his best pass moves:
BIG fan of Julian Okwara's game, great pick for Detroit.pic.twitter.com/trO3y0vEgA— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) April 25, 2020
- Were you one of the many swept up in the Quinnebago storyline? Chris Burke of The Athletic caught up with the Lions’ IT director who spent all three days of the NFL Draft hanging out in Bob Quinn’s driveway. It’s a hell of a story.
- Delicious, delicious drama coming from Green Bay:
Bob McGinn, who’s reported on the #Packers for 4 decades, suggests here their trade up for Jordan Love was a power move by Matt LaFleur, who has “simply had enough of Rodgers’ act” and the Love pick “would gain leverage with their imperial quarterback.”https://t.co/dke6AMqdLM— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 28, 2020
- Justin Rogers of the Detroit News doesn’t give out draft grades, but his overall thoughts on the Lions’ draft haul are quite interesting.
- New Lions guard Logan Stenberg has been described as “nasty” by several coaches and analysts. Looks like he’s leaning into that identity: