Lamar Jackson, Cornerback, University of Nebraska
The Detroit Lions already selected Jeff Okudah in the first round at third overall, adding another cornerback would only help the group of defensive backs in rotation for the upcoming season. Selecting Lamar Jackson would be a solid choice for the Lions secondary.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound cornerback hails from Elk Grove, California, and just finished up his senior year for the University of Nebraska. He ran a 4.58 forty-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Draft Combine. He was recruited out of the Sacramento, California area as a safety but moved to cornerback.
As a senior, he was named second-team All-Big Ten, as well as Nebraska Defensive Most Valuable Player. He would record 40 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions, and notched twelve pass break-ups during the season.
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Looking at Jackson’s strengths, he has decent hips for a big cornerback, but he has the length to match his size.
He is also expected to improve his press technique once he gets to the next level. Jackson also tends to have contested catches fall into his favor as well.
On the flip side, Jackson does lack some of the instincts and awareness that would come with an early-round cornerback.
He offers upside when the ball is in the air, but when he has to aid in run support, Jackson tends to struggle. Looking at day three, Jackson would be a reliable option to add to the Lions 2020 draft class.
NFL dot com has Jackson falling to the sixth round, so grabbing him late in the draft might work the team’s favor. They could use one of their late-round picks on Jackson, adding him to a group of corners that is bound to get better by adding Okudah alone.
With day three of the NFL Draft kicking off later on, hopefully, the Detroit Lions can fill out the draft class nightly for the 2020 season.