Detroit Lions: Early rounds help re-shape offense in 2018 NFL Draft

Analysis of Lions trade with Patriots for Kerryon Johnson
Analysis of Lions trade with Patriots for Kerryon Johnson
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30 April, 2018

The Detroit Lions took Arkansas center Frank Ragnow with the No. 20 overall pick in the National Football League draft on Thursday night, hoping to boost a lackluster running game and keep their franchise quarterback upright more often.

"I've been talking about that since January", Quinn said.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Johnson rushed for 1,391 yard and 18 touchdowns last season for Auburn, including 11 scores in a three-game span. NFLDraftScout analyst Dane Brugler termed Johnson "one of the toughest backs I've ever evaluated" and praised his high pain tolerance, but made note of a lengthy injury history dating to high school. "They basically run between the guards, so I think this guy's very versatile that he can run inside, but I think we'll use him more to run outside as well". The Lions traded their 2019 third round pick.

Friday was a much more interesting day, as General Manager Bob Quinn said in his press conference after the day had ended.

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During his time at Alabama, Hand finished with 71 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble. Mayhew built a good core initially, but near the end of his tenure, he began selecting players with more flash than consistency. "Good scheme fit for us".

The selection of interior offensive lineman Frank Ragnow in the first round, running back Kerryon Johnson in round two, and a run-blocking fullback (Nick Bawden) in round seven is an obvious sign Quinn is serious about improving that part of the offense.

Round 5 (153 overall) - Tyrell Crosby, offensive tackle, University of OR, six-foot-five and 309 pounds. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the highest-graded fullback blocker in 2016 and the third best a year ago, despite playing the majority of the season with a club on in hand.


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