Patrick Surtain II
In 2020, the Detroit Lions drafted Jeff Okudah with the third pick. Justin Herbert fell two picks later to the Chargers. A swing and a miss.
Okudah will bounce back. The new coaching staff has worked with him throughout the offseason. They emphasized that he needs to not worry about playing like the third overall pick.
A weight off his shoulders. A sigh of relief for the front office. An idea for the WAR room.
Drafting Patrick Surtain II at the seventh spot takes a load off of Okudah while giving him a wingman to help lead the team to be a top-five defense. In 2019, Detroit allowed the most passing yards in the league (4551). They need an x-factor in the secondary; Surtain II has that ability to be one.
Detroit’s new regime needs to capitalize on its draft capital. Lions fans deserve a contending team. The franchise needs to break the curse. No matter who the choice is, the Lions would be silly not to make the most of their pick.
The first-round pick the Lions possess has to be a slam dunk; they have no choice but to hit with the selection. Fans will have to trust this new regime to make the best selection possible with the seventh overall selection.
The reality seems that the Lions will stay and select at seventh, at least in this piece that is how it was laid out. There is always the chance for that last-minute intriguing offer to urge Holmes to pull the trigger on a trade, but only time will tell for that.
When draft day rolls around, and the seventh overall pick is announced, the hope will be that the Detroit Lions can get a real talent that is a slam dunk.