I can’t imagine Detroit’s first three picks were part of some grand scheme this regime had going into last week’s 2021 NFL Draft, but that’s just how it happened to work out for Brad Holmes in his first draft as general manager of the Detroit Lions.
The Lions got bigger—much bigger—along their front lines.
After selecting the 6-foot-6, 331-pound Penei Sewell with their first pick, Detroit switched their focus to the other side of the ball but didn’t change their approach, selecting Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) and NC State’s Alim McNeill (6-foot-2, 320 pounds) with their next two picks.
It would have been just as easy for those picks to be a flashy wideout or a slender, hard-hitting safety, but Holmes picked some big-bodied men to control the game at the point of attack. Some call it boring, some call it redundant choosing Onwuzurike and McNeill back to back, but all of those people are dumb.
Let’s get to today’s Question of the Day...
Which big-bodied draft pick by the Lions is your favorite?
It doesn’t get any tougher than choosing your fighter for this question. Sewell’s infectious personality, unbridled excitement, and humbleness make him an obvious choice. But the pleasure Onwuzurike takes in ruining the plans of an opposing offense—and the way he articulates that enjoyment—that can get you fired up. Then there’s McNeill, the powerful nose tackle who not only pushes the pocket but absolutely mashed baseballs as an outfielder at Sanderson High School.
I’m not picking any one of these large adults as my favorite—that’s like asking which mobile quarterback is my favorite—but I ask you, gentle reader of Pride of Detroit dot com and potential commenter, to make your choice down below.