Grading the Detroit Lions 2020 NFL Draft pick by pick

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D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
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RB D’Andre Swift – Grade: B-

Not going to lie, this pick came as a shocker to me, and probably a lot of other Detroit Lions fans as well. Not a bad pick in regards to D’Andre Swift’s ability, but I definitely don’t think this was the best move at this point in the draft.

With guys like Iowa Hawkeyes edge rusher A.J. Epenesa, and Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos, I was surprised to see the Lions go with a RB.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. Swift was the best RB going into this year’s draft, so I’ll gladly take a player of his skill set.

But with Kerryon Johnson still on his rookie contract, and guys like Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough proving themselves last season, drafting a RB this early didn’t seem to make sense.

On the flip side, Johnson has shown flashes that he can be the guy in the backfield. But with him not having played a whole season due to injury, his time to prove himself is only dwindling.

This pick could be a safety measure in case KJ does end up falling through, or perhaps this could turn into a two-headed monster in the backfield. Only time will tell.

If Kerryon misses time again this upcoming season, don’t be surprised to see they keys be handed to Swift in the future. Not a bad pick skill-wise, but definitely not the best in terms of strategy, at least as of right now.