The Detroit Lions traded up in the third round to draft guard Jonah Jackson. In the fourth, they pick up yet another offensive guard in Logan Stenberg.
On Day Two of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions traded up in order to draft Ohio State offensive guard Jonah Jackson at 75th overall in the third round. The Lions double-dipped with their next selection, drafting Kentucky guard Logan Stenberg at pick No. 121 in the fourth round.
The Lions traded their original fourth-round selection at No. 109 to the Las Vegas Raiders, moving down 12 spots to 121st overall in order to acquire an additional fifth-round pick at No. 172. And with the selection, the Lions continue to address the interior of their offensive line.
Detroit clearly believes they have a much bigger need along their O-line than most probably expected. The Lions moved on from starters in right tackle Rick Wagner and right guard Graham Glasgow last month.
The team turned around and signed free agent offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai on a five-year, $50 million deal to address one of those voids. And now, the Lions have drafted back-to-back offensive guards to presumably address the other.
As for the newest Lion, Stenberg is a tall guard coming in at 6-foot-6, 317 pounds. He was a three-year starter at left guard, starting in a team-high 39 consecutive games for the Wildcats and earning First-Team All-SEC honors the last two seasons.
Stenberg was projected to be a fifth-round selection by NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. He believes the Kentucky product will be a capable backup on the next level who could spot-start if needed.
The Detroit Lions have had mixed results in this round over the past four years. The other fourth-round selections during the Bob Quinn-era in Detroit are Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant (2019), Alabama defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (2018), Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (2017), Toledo tight end Michael Roberts (2017), and Southern Utah safety Miles Killebrew (2016).