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Review of new Detroit Lions draft

Ewan Woolcock, Staff Reporter

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With the end of April came the end of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions brought in six picks overall with mixed reviews. The selections for the Lions are as follows:

1st Round: C Frank Ragnow (Arkansas)

2nd Round: RB Kerryon Johnson (Auburn)

3rd Round: DB Tracy Walker (Louisiana-Lafayette)

4th Round: DE Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama)

5th Round: OT Tyrell Crosby (Oregon)

6th Round: FB Nick Bawden (San Diego State)

With the conclusion of Bob Quinn’s third draft, there are some great and some questionable selections. Quinn did not take the picks that were popular among fans but rather picked up players that would help them under the radar. Especially with Ragnow, the first round pick flew under the radar and addressed an important need from the Lions. Ragnow specializes in run blocking which the Lions were the worst rushing team in the league a year ago. Taking Ragnow, Johnson, Crosby and Bawden should all help the Lions become a much better rushing team than they were.

“I think it was a really smart choice considering they needed to beef up their offensive line because their running game sucked,” Joe Singh (12) said.

Another area where the Lions struggled is there pass rush. They addressed a need in Hand but there are still some questions as to how the unit will fare in 2018. They also traded DT Akeem Spence for a 2019 seventh round pick which adds further questions. The one pick that seemed a bit controversial was taking Tracy Walker in the third round. Many critics saw him as going undrafted so taking him in the third round seemed a bit odd considering there were players that fit the Lions needs on the draft board. One pick that critics seemed to love was selecting Johnson in the second round. The patient runner is compared to Michigan State standout Le’veon Bell. Many consider Johnson to be a dark-horse for the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Another pick that critics seemed to rave about was selecting Tyrell Crosby in the fifth round. He was widely considered a steal in the fifth round and could become a starter on the offensive line.

Overall, the Lions added some key players which should make the next season interesting. The Lions first game will be against the New York Jets on Sept. 10 at Ford Field.

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