Grading the Detroit Lions 2020 NFL Draft pick by pick

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Jashon Cornell, Detroit Lions
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DT Jashon Cornell – Grade: C

Jashon Cornell marked the third Ohio State player drafted by Detroit being the last pick for Bob Quinn in the seventh round. At this point, I think this pick may have been just a filler, but it’s in a position of need which should be noted.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, he has a unique frame which really allows him to lineup anywhere on the D-line. His first step is better than most which allows him to counter zone-blocking schemes.

Cornell’s signature move is the spin move, which can come at any time and happens in the blink of an eye. His athleticism and high motor creates havoc for the opposing offensive line up front. Some of this athleticism is displayed in his ability to run from one edge of the line to the other with his rush counters.

One weakness of Cornell is his narrow base. It doesn’t allow him to explode off the ball consistently, which in turn can cause him to get pushed off balance.  Having the unique frame that he does causes him to not be able to stuff the run effectively as sometimes he can get overpowered by pure size and strength.

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Along with Penisini, expect Cornell to compete for some playing time next season. His role may be shifted however as his versatility and frame may allow him to play on the edge.