The Lions started this draft with the 7th overall pick and they took Penei Sewell, the offensive tackle out of Oregon. He's 6'5" and 331 lbs. He was the first freshman to start a season opener in 20 years at Oregon, and he dominated from day one. He was an Outland Trophy winner in 2019, and this was the first time ever, a sophomore has won that award. He was an instant impact guy in college, and he has truly elite foot quickness for a guy his size. He's shockingly quick, agile and athletic. All of his teammates and coaches say that he's a big time locker room leader at Oregon as well as a vocal leader. He's explosive, with off the charts ability when getting off the snap. He blows defenders away in the run game. He can just maul defensive players with his size and athleticism. He gets to the second level and can square up linebackers and just destroy them with his power and his quickness. A NFL Scout said, "very few men who walk the earth have his size and athleticism." That's a big time quote because Sewell is that rare of a talent. I've been talking about him on and on, on the show because he was the number two overall player on my big board. I've heard analysts say he might be the best tackle prospect in 10 years and I wouldn't be surprised if he is that good. Sewell is an awesome all around talent. He can pass and run block at a high level and really doesn't have any weakness in his game. He does need to continue to improve his overall strength. This is a guy that's going to need to hit the weight room because he could afford to get a little bit stronger, but he should be able to do that with an NFL regiment for the Lions. He's only 20 years old 20 and because he opted out last season, this is a guy that doesn't have a ton of experience coming in, but at 20 It's scary to think how much potential this guy has and how good he could actually become at the next level. The thing I love about him the most is that he plays with a nasty edge to his game. He has a defensive players mentality, just tough. He wants to destroy his man on every snap and I love that about his tape.
In the second round the Detroit Lions took Levi Onwuzurike, the defensive tackle out of Washington. He was a first team All-PAC 12 player, and he showed out at the Senior Bowl and this really elevated his stock. When you watch his tape, he's explosive out of his stance, a really good athlete who's very athletic with quick feet. He has powerful hands. Onwuzurike played his best, versus the best teams in the Pac-12. Against Oregon and USC he really showed off his skills, and you have to love that about a guy who brought his best stuff for the best teams. He has big time upper body strength. This guy is powerful, and he can really push guys around. He can power through blockers and really collapse the pocket for opposing quarterbacks. Onwuzurike has a nice spin move, and he's a good natural pass rusher for a defensive tackle. He needs to get his pad level down, he plays a little too high a little too often, when you watch his tape. He's also an inconsistent player, like I said he showed up in the big games but sometimes against the lesser competition he disappear, so he's a guy that I think if he can figure out a way to be more consistent and give that 100% effort on every down and every game, he could really become a special player. Let's face it the Lions roster had too many holes for them to fill in one draft, but I like what the new regime is doing building in the trenches with Penei Sewell, and then two defensive tackles with the next two picks. New GM Brad Holmes and new coach Dan Campbell clearly have a vision for how they want to build this lions team, and it starts up front. For years the Lions would have taken a flashy wide receiver at the seventh overall pick, but instead they landed the best player outside of Trevor Lawrence, at a key position of need, so I really liked what they did here. When you look at Onwuzurike, he's a big time athlete with a really high ceiling. They could have addressed the wide receiver position earlier in this draft, but I love the value pick of Amon-Ra St. Brown, the wide receiver from USC. He's a very complete wide receiver, with not a lot of holes in his game. Most had a late second or third round grade on him, so getting him in the fourth is a real steal. I really liked what the Lions did, and it's clear that they have a plan for the future, I'm going to give them a "B+" grade.