Now that the 2021 NFL Draft has concluded, we have a pretty strong indication of what the roster is going to look like come August/September. The Lions did their best to patch up as many holes on the roster that they could left from the previous regime. The trenches on both sides of the ball got a make-over, with the first three picks in the draft dedicated to beefing the O-line and D-line up. They also locked up Frank Ragnow for a four-year extension as the highest paid center in the league.
We’re still pretty far away from seeing any of these players in action, but there is plenty to be excited about with the way things are trending. The Lions’ draft received great marks all across the NFL and among its own fanbase. They probably won’t be competing for a title any time soon, but I think it’s okay to feel good about the direction of this team again.
Today’s Question of the Day is...
Which position group are you most excited about following the Draft?
My answer: Offensive line.
I don’t usually get this excited about the offensive line, but with the Lions taking Penei Sewell in the first round, I’m really pumped to see the Lions potentially having a dominant O-line for once. With Ragnow in the middle, Taylor Decker and Jonah Jackson holding down the left side and Sewell beefing up the right side, this might be the best our OL has looked on paper in a very long time. I’m also feeling pretty optimistic about Halapoulivaati Vaitai possibly having a breakout year considering he’d be playing between Ragnow and Sewell, as well as having a set role in 2021/22.
I also considered cornerbacks and the interior defensive line as options here. Seeing someone like Aaron Glenn working with Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye has me feeling excited and hopeful that they can finally reach their potential on this defense. And having the team spend some real resources on young defensive tackle prospects is a refreshing feeling.