There are much more than just a several remnants existent from the failed Bob Quinn-Matt Patricia era in Detroit.
The duo’s final draft class came a year back when it picked ex-Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah at No. 3 in general.
Despite the fact that Okudah suited up for just nine games (6 starts) and struggled when he did play, the verdict is nevertheless out on the team’s 2020 draft haul.
From very last year’s group of picks, nevertheless, just one player is already long gone: Running back Jason Huntley.
Huntley, the 2nd of two fifth-round picks (No. 172 all round) for the Lions a year in the past, was remarkably lower at the conclusion of coaching camp, when the franchise experienced to cut down its roster to 53 gamers.
He was then claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles, and proceeded to play in five games for Philadelphia as a rookie. He accumulated a measly 19 hurrying yards and 36 kick return yards.
Let’s take a look at who Detroit should’ve drafted in the position of Huntley in the fifth round.
Observe: In purchase to make my selection, I seemed at only the 10 players picked soon after Huntley.
There’s no doubt that the greatest player taken inside of the 10 picks that followed the Lions’ selection of Huntley was offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.
Onwenu, a product or service of the College of Michigan, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth spherical at No. 182 overall.
I would like to say that Detroit should’ve drafted the 6-foot-3, 344-pounder in Huntley’s location. Onwenu was a standout rookie performer, as he started off in all 16 online games on New England’s offensive line and was named to both of those Professional Football Focus’ and the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Groups.
However, remember this is a re-draft of only 1 decide on for the Lions in the 2020 draft. So, it has to be taken into account that the firm took back again-to-again offensive guards in the third and fourth rounds — first with Ohio State item Jonah Jackson at No. 75 general and then with Kentucky merchandise Logan Stenberg at No. 121.
So, it all but can take Onwenu out of consideration for the choose at No. 172.
That is why in this re-draft, I am taking fellow U-M solution Michael Danna in place of Huntley.
Danna performed the to start with four yrs of his collegiate occupation at Central Michigan, before transferring to Michigan for his fifth and closing time.
The explosive EDGE defender was taken by the reigning AFC champion Kansas Town Chiefs just 5 picks just after Huntley at No. 177 general.
Danna performed in 13 game titles (manufactured only a single start off), and recorded 2.5 sacks, six QB hits and 25 overall tackles, like four tackles for decline.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder would’ve been in line for a more substantial job on Detroit’s roster than Kansas City’s in 2020, with the injuries that ended up sooner or later experienced by fellow defensive finishes Trey Flowers and Julian Okwara, the 1st of two 3rd-round choices (No. 67 overall) for the Lions very last year.
Flowers and Okwara had been restricted to just seven and 5 video games, respectively, a year in the past.
Julian’s brother Romeo Okwara was mainly Detroit’s only dependable go-rusher all year extended, ending with a team-major 10 sacks.
So, Danna would’ve been a substantially-necessary move-dashing presence, and if he have been on the Lions, he’d have a substantially larger purpose carved out for himself than with the Chiefs headed into 2021.
For the sake of this re-draft — with the factors I mentioned previously mentioned — I have decided to choose Danna with choose No. 172 in its place of Huntley.
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