After adding some firepower to the defense, the Lions use their first pick of the third round to address their biggest need on offense, and possibly the entire team. Without Graham Glasgow manning the right guard position, the Lions are left with top options that include Joshua Garnett and Oday Aboushi. Neither of those guys inspires great confidence so finding an offensive lineman that can start right away is going to need to be a priority.
If Louisiana-Lafayette’s Robert Hunt is available at No. 67 and the Lions have yet to address the position, Hunt should be the pick. Hunt is an inside-outside versatile option, meaning he could play both right guard or right tackle for Detroit.
It would give them the option of being able to take the combination of Hunt and Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the right side and experimenting with them in the offseason and preseason to determine who should be the tackle and who should be the guard.
Hunt brings a great mix of size and athleticism to the line and couples that with excellent movement skills in all aspects of his game. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein mentions that his best trait is his run-blocking, where he is always aggressive and stays on his blocks, finishing off his opponents on just about every play.
He will still need to work a bit on his pass protection at the NFL level but he should eventually develop into a powerful run blocker who can provide adequate pass protection for his quarterback. For an offensive scheme that likes to run the ball up the middle of the defense, Hunt would be a nice addition to the Lions’ offensive line.