The Lions were close to finishing in the top 10 and did not take on an offensive player until the sixth round. In the seventh round, they returned to the tight end position again.
Detroit selected Georgia Isaac Nauta's close end with his first goal in the seventh round. Then, with their last election, they went back to the defensive side of the ball and designed the Arizona defensive tackle P.J. Johnson.
At only 6 feet 3 inches and 244 pounds, Nauta is much smaller than Detroit's first tight end selection, T.J. Hockenson, who is 6-5 and 251
In Georgia, Nauta got eight touchdown passes for 3 years. He was short in the last season with 30 catches for 430 yards. Its size makes it possible for Detroit to experiment with it rather in an H-back role than in the narrow endpoints they need for blocking and production.
Nauta is the fourth close end Detroit has added to this offseason. a complete overhaul of the least productive space in the NFL last season. In addition to Hockenson and Nauta, Detroit gave Jesse James starter money and added a development piece in Logan Thomas.
The Lions lost Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo in free agency. The two new draft picks and the two free-agent new additions firmly place the fourth round of Michael Roberts 2017 in the ranking.
Johnson was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but the Arizona Web site lists him at 6 feet 4 inches at 335 pounds. He was an honorable mention of the PAC-12 conference last season when he recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Arizona was his third school after spending 2017 at City College of San Francisco and 2016 in the state of Sacramento.
Johnson will fight for the replacement role behind Damon's "snacks" Harrison and A & # 39; Shawn Robinson in the middle of the Detroit line of defense. He is the second defender of the line of defense. Detroit added this draft and joined the fourth round of Clemson defender Austin Bryant.
With this selection, the Lions draft for 2019 is now complete, and they are ready to flesh the cadre with unopened freedoms – Agent signatures.