EDGE Julian Okwara – Grade: A-
Honestly, this was my favorite pick of the whole draft. If there was any time to get Julian Okwara, this was the time to do it.
I was surprised the Notre Dame native fell to Detroit. The 6-foot-4 and 248-pound edge rusher has a long wingspan, and a quick first step in the pass rush.
He has aspects of a first-round talent with his bull rush. Okwara’s main problems are consistency, and knowing what his plan is before each play. Both problems can be fixed with repetition over time, and increasing his football IQ.
I was worried that Bob Quinn was neglecting the need of a pass rush, but this third-round selection washed away any of those thoughts. Okwara is exactly what the Lions need on the D-line. A good mix of speed and strength.
I fully expect Okwara to be a starter within the next two seasons or so. With how putrid the pass rush was last season, the Lions need any sort of help they can get. Him, and defensive end Trey Flowers are set to be a scary pass rush combo in the future.
If Julian’s brother, Romeo Okwara, can get the wheels spinning next season, the Detroit Lions’ defensive line may not be too shabby.