Brad Holmes, the first-year general manager hired in January from the Los Angeles Rams, waited until the fourth round and his fifth pick to select a receiver, after the team’s top-3 wideouts all departed in free agency in March.
Here’s a look at each player the team took during the three days of the draft Thursday-Saturday from Cleveland, with links to our best stories.
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (7th overall, Round 1)
Sewell’s story is an easy one to get behind: From a shack on a beach on tiny American Samoa, to the seventh overall pick in the draft as a 20-year-old. Now, he’s the Lions’ projected right tackle as a rookie on an offensive line with two other first-round picks.
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Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (41, Round 2)
Onwuzurike made headlines for his post-draft news conference potty mouth — ‘I like (bleeping) people up’ — but seems like someone fans will enjoy if he backs it up on the field.
Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State (72, Round 3)
Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse (101, Round 3)
The Lions also thought about trading up for this big, athletic corner, whose brother was a second-round pick in 2017, but is now out of the league.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Southern California (112, Round 4)
Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue (113, Round 4)
The Lions traded away a fifth-rounder this year and fourth-rounder next year to draft Barnes, and the pick was praised by ESPN’s draft analysts.
Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State (257, Round 7)
Another Pac-12 player, Jefferson thought he’d go in the third- or fourth-round, but ended up being the draft’s third-to-last pick. He was fifth in the FBS last season with 154.2 yards from scrimmage per game.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Meet the Detroit Lions’ 2021 NFL draft class: Get to know each player
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