Grading the Detroit Lions 2020 NFL Draft pick by pick

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Jason Huntley, Detroit Lions
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RB Jason Huntley – Grade: D+

After drafting D’Andre Swift earlier in the second round, I didn’t expect the Detroit Lions to draft another running back. But at this point in the draft, it’s hard to not overdraft certain positions.

There’s not a lot of upside to this pick as the RB room for Detroit is already jam-packed. Standing at only 5-foot-9, I’m not expecting to see much of Jason Huntley next season, if at all.

The dude is a speedster for sure, he has pull-away type speed when you let him get into the open field. But that’s the thing, he doesn’t tend to get in the open field often. His size prevents him from breaking tackles in the first level, which never lets get a chance to break into the open field.

His ball carrier vision isn’t the best, he often has trouble hitting the right hole. His footwork and first step is better than most though. An overlooked trait of his is receiving. He averaged 8.4 yards per reception at New Mexico State. His receiving yards dropped significantly from 2018 to 2019, but he did take on more of an every-down back role in 2019.

Given his size and skill set, I expect him to have a minimal role, if any in 2020. He could fill the hole that running back JD McKissic left, but who knows. With Kerryon Johnson, D’Andre Swift, and Ty Johnson on the roster, I don’t think there’s any need for Huntley right now.

However, things can change once the pads get put on. Injuries happen, and players can prove themselves. I’m not counting out Huntley yet, but his chances of making an impact in 2020 are slim to none. He’s definitely a practice squad player, but anything more will be up to unforeseen circumstances.