I'm not going to grade each pick but the Lions draft as a whole.
Bob Quinn went into this offseason with two goals.
1. Improve the run game.
2. Bring in versatile defenders for a new defensive scheme.
He really addressed the latter in free agency. He signed a DT in Sylvester Williams, numerous linebackers in Jones, Kennard, Freeny, etc and CB DeShawn Shead.
This made the run game Quinns priority in the draft.
1. FRANK RAGNOW C- Arguably the best C in the draft who not only allows us to move Glasgow back to G, but he's stellar in QB protection (Stafford was sacked 47 times last season), but he can open gaps in the run game.
2. KERRYON JOHNSON RB- SEC offensive player of the year. Big, strong runner who can finish. He wasn't my top choice at this position, but he and FA signing LeGarrette Blount make a formiddable duo in the backfield.
5. TYRELL CROSBY OT- Top 5 OT in the draft, projected as a 2nd rd pick. Did not allow a sack in 2017. Can play both tackle positions.
7. NICK BAWDEN FB- Blocked for back to back 2,000 yd rushing seasons at SDST. Can run and catch the ball himself but excels in blocking. Started at QB.
This draft was a concerted effort to make the Lions non-existent rushing game bigger, faster, stronger. He could not have done a better job in that regard and therefore he receives a passing grade.
He also picked up DL Da'Shawn Hand and S Tracy Walker who fit that flexibility Patricia covets.
I did not care for the value of the picks. Giving up a 4th to move up 8 slots in the 2nd. Giving up a 2019 3rd to move back into the 4th. For this reason, I cannot give this draft the highest grade possible.