Detroit Lions NFL Draft Breakdown

Have the Detroit Lions improved enough to make a run for an NFC North title in 2019?
This entry is part 18 of 32 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Detroit Lions have been underachieving for years. A 6-10 finish in 2018 is atrocious for such a storied franchise.

Will the 2019 Draft bring the players the Lions need to succeed in the NFC again?

Players Drafted

T.J. Hockenson8TEIowa
Jahlani Tavai43LBHawaii
Will Harris81DBBoston College
Austin Bryant117DEClemson
Amani Oruwariye146CBPenn State
Travis Fulgham184WROld Dominion
Ty Johnson186RBMaryland
Isaac Nauta224TEGeorgia
P.J. Johnson229DTArizona

Notable UDFA

Malik CarneyDENorth Carolina
Ray SmithDLBoston College
Ryan PopeOLSan Diego State
Beau BenzschawelOLWisconsin
Tre LamarLBClemson

TEAM 2019 Outlook


This may be QB Matty Stafford last chances to impress the Lions franchise. The Lions used their first pick to select Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson 8th overall. Arguably the better of the two Iowa TEs in this year’s class, Hockenson will have an immediate impact in the Lions starting offense.

He is the quintessential TE, he plays well in multiple roles, can block and runs a nice route. He won’t break any records, but he will be consistent for the Lions for years to come.

The selection of Georgia TE Isaac Nauta with pick 224 will put extra pressure on a new recruit, former Steeler Jesse James.

Old Dominion WR Travis Fulgham was a 6th round pick up and will add depth to an already stocked WR group. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola will all get looks at the ball in 2019.

There really is no excuse for Matty Stafford in 2019.


Hawaii LB Jahlani Tavai was the first defensive player taken off the board by the Lions. Tavai is a monster of a player, who has a solid footballing IQ. He is more of an old school LB, not a free-flowing player like we see in the NFL these days. Probably works better in a rotation in the Lions set-up.

The selection of Austin Bryant (117) and PJ Johnson (229) will help to add much needed deep on the left side of the defensive line.

Boston College DB Will Harris (81) and Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye (146) are the future of the Lions backfield. Both players have similar styles but will help to counter each other. Expect both to get some game time in 2019, but they are keys to the long-term success of this defense

Grade - B-

All in all, it was an OK Draft from the Lions. They haven’t made enough of an impact to threaten the other teams in the NFC North. It could be another long season of mediocrity for Lions fans.

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