Three free-press writers debate the 2019 NFL class of the Detroit Lions following the three-day event on April 27, 2019.
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez and Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press
Overall, not bad.
That was the consensus of the NFL analysts who graduated from the Detroit Lions 2019 draft class on Sunday.
The Lions made nine picks in the draft: Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson (# 8 in total); Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai (# 43); Security at Boston College Will Harris (# 81); Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant (# 117); Penn State Corner Amani Oruwariye (# 146); Old Dominion Wide receiver Travis Fulgham (# 184); Maryland runs back Ty Johnson (# 186), Georgia Dense End Isaac Nauta (# 224); and Arizona Defensive Tackle P.J. Johnson (# 229).
And overall, it seems the Lions have a good mix of hard-core players in the form of the Patriot Way the franchise is trying to achieve. Have some players been overrated? The consensus is yes. But that did not stop the Lions from getting top marks.
Thus, some analysts rated the class:
Nate Davis, USA Today Sports
Analysis: "They did not fulfill their request TE TJ Hockenson could the best way of consolation, but the design of a GM Bob Quinn resume is pretty well thought out so far, so it's pretty hard to be happy about the rest of the thing – though you may seem like so with a Clemson D-Lineman nothing goes wrong … even if it's the fourth rounder Austin Bryant. "