Looking back at the Detroit Lions top moments of 2020

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Moving on to a new year, the Detroit Lions will attempt to forget all about 2020

The Detroit Lions are saying goodbye to a horrible 2020. There will be a lot to look forward to as the franchise will be introducing another regime in the new year. They will also be heading into a draft with a lot more question marks than ever.

Before all of that starts to get underway, I’ve decided to go over the Lions’ most impactful moments in 2020. Let’s begin, starting in chronological order.

Apr 23rd: Drafting Jeffrey Okudah

Anticipation, build up, and uncertainty around covid-19 made for one of the most memorable NFL Drafts in league history. The best part? Detroit was the main focus of the media. After all, “the draft started with their pick.”

Cincinnati Bengals were locked in on quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall selection. Following them, the Washington Football Team was nothing short of a guarantee to draft defensive end Chase Young.

The Lions had options with the third selection. Drafting their quarterback of the future was a popular choice among fans. Outside of that, there was the “big three” in Jeff Okudah, Derrick Brown, and Isaiah Simmons. Trading down in the draft was also a likely scenario throughout the process.

Failing to find a trade partner, Detroit took Okudah. Making him the highest selected cornerback since 1997. Now, I’m not here to analyze every pick to determine who made the right choices.

It’s only been one season and we should let their careers play out a bit longer before making any determination. However, it was a big moment for the Lions and their fan base, which is why it made a list.