2021 Lions Draft Pick: Who Took Detroit? Full list of NFL Draft selections
The Matthew Stafford era with the Detroit Lions is over. After 12 years with the Lions, Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff and some future first-round picks. Under the leadership of coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes, Detroit will try to rebuild itself.
With the seventh overall pick, the Lions seem like a good place to land an impact playmaker. They probably won’t go for a quarterback after acquiring Goff, so they can go with a top receiver or look for one of the best defensemen in the entire draft. It all depends on what Campbell and Holmes envision for the team.
The Matt Patricia-era Lions already had some talented players on the roster, so Campbell has a few pieces to work with. Completing them will be key to getting the most out of his first season with the Lions. And on offense, they need to make sure Goff is surrounded by talent. Otherwise, he could have a hard time as a starter.
Here’s a look at the Lions’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
2021 Lions Draft Pick: Who Took Detroit?
- Round 1, choice n ° 7: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- 2nd round, choice n ° 41: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington State
- Round 3, choice n ° 72: Alim McNeill, DT, NC State
- Round 3, choice n ° 101: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
- Round 4, choice n ° 112: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
- Round 4, choice n ° 113: Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
- Round 7, choice n ° 257: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon
2021 NFL Lions Draft Order
|3||38 (Compensatory selection)|
NFL Lions Draft Needs
- Wide receiver: The Lions let Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk free will and replaced them with Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams. Both are good deep threats, but the Lions need some help in the slot machine and could use a real No.1 receiver as Perriman and Williams would be the best as secondary and tertiary options.
- Strategist: Sean McVay wanting to improve Jared Goff doesn’t look good for the quarterback’s future. Goff is still young enough to succeed, but adding another young passer in the middle of the draft to compete with him would be a smart move.
- Defensive line: Holding Romeo Okwara after a 10-sack season was a good move for the Lions, but they need depth behind him and Trey Flowers. It also wouldn’t hurt them to find a better starting option next to Michael Brockers than John Penisini.
- Cornerback: The Lions have 2020 first-round pick Jeff Okudah at the job, but they knocked out Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman, their two starters from last year. They will need someone to compete for these two jobs with Amani Oruwariye and Mike Ford.
- Linebacker: The Lions need improvements at all three levels of their defense. They signed Alex Anzalone to rival Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai for playing time, but adding a top linebacker to push 31-year-old Collins and oft-injured Anzalone would be a good move.
Detroit Lions simulate 2021 draft
Here are the latest projections from the 2021 NFL Draft for the Lions, according to Vinnie Iyer’s Seven Tower Simulation Project:
|2||9||Liam Eichenberg||OT||Our Lady|
|3||38||Dazz newsome||WR||North Carolina|
|4||7||Shakur brown||CB||Michigan State|
|5||9||Janarius Robinson||EDGE||Florida State|