The Detroit Lions made a small surprise with their second round, overcoming talent over need. Levi Onvuzurike in defense of Washington is a talent that many believed would go somewhere in the 1-2 round, but not many had the opportunity for the Lions to be a landing site.
So that was a mistake? Were there better facilities for Detroit still on board? Or have the Lions just got a sneaky player with solid value?
Here are my ratings for the second round of the Lions:
Onwuzurike achieved significantly during his career in Washington, D.C., first playing as a rotating figure in 201
Onwuzurike has given up on the 2020 college season
– 90.7 OVR from 2018 (T-6th in class)
– 90.7 RD (T-2nd)
– 85.2 PR (T-6th)
– One of the most explosive defensive decisions in
the country. It can fly off the line
– It is often played out of position when dealing with the nose, but still
– PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) April 30, 2021
Although he mostly played on the nose, his twitching game and solid athletic profile suggest that he can play as a 3-tech miss. And although his sack count was low in college, his success was in the top 10 in the country, suggesting that he was a constant break for the quarterback.
Still, much of Onwuzurike’s draft seems to be predicted here. He has never completely changed the game at the college level, but it sounds like the Lions are banking him to have a more productive career in the NFL, potentially in another position.
Degree of talent: C +
Value is a difficult thing to judge. If we base the lions’ choice on media predictions, this was exactly the time many expected him to go. Most had somewhere between the first and third round of it. The Dane Brugler of Athletic ranked him 29th on his big board, while PFF had 3rd round.
However, the value also takes into account who else was on the board at the time. The safety of TCU Trevon Moehrig, Notre Dame defender Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Florida Florida defender Asante Samuel Jr were still available.
With that in mind, the Lions probably got the second best defense in the very thin DT class, so there’s something to be said for getting a good body in the middle of the line of defense while they still can.
Although the protective devices were not on my list of the first five needs of the lions, let’s not joke: the lions needed an internal pass, which is in a hurry with the threat of years. The Lions can’t wait for Da’Shawn Hand to develop forever, and Nick Williams has only one more year to make his deal.
In fact, Michael Brokers and John Penicini are the only defensive battles signed since this year, so Onwuzurike figures are one of the key elements in the future of defensive interiors.
Need a degree: B-
This will undoubtedly be one of the most unpopular elections simply because of who is still on board. But given that defensive gear was not the team’s biggest need, it’s clear that the Lions went with the player they thought had the most talent, and I don’t think it’s ridiculous to assume that can have get the best player on the board.
Given this, there is some risk here. Due to his retirement season, we were unable to see his full growth in Washington, D.C., and he doesn’t have crazy college-level production numbers. If Onwuzurike reaches its full potential, it may be theft, but it may take some time.
Overall rating: C +
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