3. Detroit Lions – Original Pick: Jeff Okudah
Entering the draft, Okudah was viewed as a generational talent at Cornerback, similar to how people viewed Chase Young at DE. Okudah was excellent throughout his Ohio State career, shutting down NFL-caliber receivers weekend in and weekend out, making him the clear option for the Lions struggling secondary.
Unfortunately for Detroit, things didn’t go so well for Okudah in his first season as a Lion. Okudah missed much of the season due to injury, playing in just 9 games. In those 9 games, Okudah allowed the player he was covering to catch the ball 77.4% of the time on 53 targets. To be fair, Cornerback is the hardest position to adjust to when jumping from College to the NFL but that being said, it was certainly an underwhelming year for Okudah. There is still hope for the talented defensive back and the Lions hope he’ll turn it around in 2021.
New Pick: Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert is a no-brainer here for the Lions in a re-draft. After being selected by the Los Angeles Chargers at #6, Herbert had a standout season, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and emerging as a hell of a quarterback. Herbert still has tons of room to grow but he showed extreme promise and potential in his first season.
As we know, the Lions recently parted ways with Matt Stafford, bringing in Jared Goff as the new signal-caller. With the Lions re-building, it’s no-secret that Herbert would be a better option for them right now. This also would’ve allowed them to trade Stafford for other assets to build around Herbert.