Newman-Johnson made starts at right guard, left guard and center for Baylor up until this season, when he played left guard full-time. All he did was earn First Team All-American honors from Pro Football Network for his work.
With Jonah Jackson seeming to lock down left guard this season and being named a Pro Bowl alternate, the Lions would probably envision Newman-Johnson as a future potential starter at right guard. But his versatility is a strength, and he’s a worthwhile seventh round flier.
Turner went back to Rutgers for a fifth year this year. Despite being undersized (6-foot, 275 pounds), he was productive and well regarded as a rotational defensive tackle at the start of his career and then over to nose tackle when Greg Schiano came back to Piscataway.
This season, Turner was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and Pro Football Focus tabbed him as Third Team All-Big Ten as he registered 33 total tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks. He also set a program record with 57 games played in his career.
The Lions will need to add some young talent along their defensive line. An earlier pick then this could be used to get a defensive lineman, but Turner is a solid pick here and he just might stick as a seventh round pick.