Detroit Lions 2021 draft: Instant reactions and grades

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Jermar Jefferson, Detroit Lions
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Round 7 pick 257: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon state

After a trade earlier in the draft, the Detroit Lions acquired the third-last pick in the draft. And with that selection, they picked Jermar Jefferson.

A theme of Brad Holmes’s time in Los Angeles with the Rams was how consistently they took running backs, usually one per draft. As Holmes comes into Detroit, he continues that trend.

Now as much preparation as I tried to do, I have to admit I don’t know much about this kid, so I have to defer to The Draft Network for help on what he brings to the motor city.

"“He’s shown the ability to chip and effectively get out in his route when looking to release, creating match-up problems against linebackers–He’s a tough runner who uses good footwork and runs to daylight.”"

While at Oregon State, Jefferson racked up over 3000 total yards, also chipping in 29 total touchdowns. He also averaged 5.7 yards per carry over his four years in college, with his lowest season average being 4.8 in 2019.

Here is my problem with the pick, I understand creating competition, but was running back seriously that important? We already know D’andre Swift is the starter, and that Jamaal Williams will serve as his backup. Kerryon Johnson also figures to factor into certain sub-packages given his expertise in pass protection.

So what will Jefferson’s role look like? It’s a real murky picture that we simply don’t have the answer to right now. Nonetheless, while being solid value I have my reservations about adding another running back into the fold.

Grade: C+