In 2018, the Detroit Lions’ draft class had a pretty big immediate impact. Frank Ragnow was a Day 1 starter who had a decent, but unspectacular year. Kerryon Johnson looked as advertised for most of the season. While Tracy Walker and Da’Shawn Hand looked outstanding in limited roles. In all, the Lions got a lot of value from that draft, even in each player’s rookie season.
Well, according to one writer at ESPN, the Lions may have done it again with their 2020 draft class. A panel of analysts were asked a simple question: Which NFL team’s rookie class will have the biggest impact this season? One panelist, Kevin Seifert, picked the Lions:
“If nothing else, the Lions are going to get volume out of this draft,” Seifert wrote. “Four picks are likely Day 1 starters: cornerback Jeff Okudah, running back D’Andre Swift, linebacker Julian Okwara and guard Jonah Jackson. Three others could play big early roles.”
He’s not wrong. Those four are expected to take over significant roles, while Logan Stenberg could also become a starter by season’s end. Throw in potential role players in Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley, and Detroit could realistically see five to seven contributors from this class of nine.
- Lions head coach Matt Patricia had a zoom meeting with the local beat writers on Tuesday. You can watch the session here, and also a one-on-one segment with DetroitLions.com’s Tori Petry.
Matt Patricia and I talked playing Barbies with his daughter, his ukulele hobby, quarantine pizza cooking - oh, and some football! Check out our chat ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/hBXewPga3M— Tori Petry (@sportstori) May 5, 2020
- Some news on the local beat: Detroit News’ Justin Rogers has been furloughed for a three-week period. But don’t feel too bad for Justin, he has a pretty positive outlook on the situation:
I don't see it that way. So many are hurting far worse. I'm eating a small pay cut and we maintain a full staff. It's a bullet worth eating.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) May 3, 2020
Before he left, he put out an All-Decade team for the Lions.
- Lions Wire had a fun look at PFF’s superlatives for the Detroit Lions’ 2020 draft class.
- Monday, we talked about how Kenny Golladay has received top-10 status by some NFL analysts. Well, maybe this is why:
Julio Jones + Kenny Golladay: s of contested catches pic.twitter.com/mBzJPoVe4g— PFF (@PFF) May 4, 2020
- ESPN dropped their latest power rankings, and the Lions rounded out the bottom five, coming in at 28th.
- Enjoy some Calvin Johnson, because why not?