Best & Worst Picks From the Lions' 2020 Draft

Zach Brunner
Best and worst draft selections by the Detroit Lions.
Best and worst draft selections by the Detroit Lions. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions continue to struggle even treading water in the NFC North, often getting in their own way to go along with the other three teams being good. Because of this, they looked to be rebuilding yet again this offseason through free agency and their solid position in the draft.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the Lions' best and worst picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Lions' Best Draft Pick

While the Lions' pick of Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall was solid, selecting edge rusher Julian Okwara out of Notre Dame at No. 67 gets the nod for Detroit's best pick. Okwara is an elite athlete, which is something the Lions have not had off the edge in a long time. While he can struggle against the run, he has had the fifth-best pass-rush win rate in the country over the past two college seasons.

Lions' Worst Draft Pick

Detroit's worst pick of the draft was selecting running back D'Andre Swift out of Georgia at 35th overall. It's not that Swift is a bad player, there were just much larger needs to address. Swift does not seem to be a true workhorse, like other running backs we see drafted early. He had just three games of 20-plus carries over 43 college games. This could be good or bad, but either way, there were plenty of other running backs the Lions could have called up in later rounds to pair with Kerryon Johnson.


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