The Detroit Lions are in rebuilding mode after letting Kenny Golladay go in free agency and trading Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff and picks. Goff will be a capable bridge quarterback as they add young talent, but they could grab a developmental quarterback later in the draft. There’s no doubt the Lions have a ton of holes to fill on defense and offense, but this draft sets up best for them to find their Golladay replacement at wide receiver.
With the No. 7 pick, they should have at least one and probably two or even all of Ja’Marr Chase, Jayle Waddle, and Devonta Smith available to them. Could new, caveman-like head coach Dan Campbell go for a defensive player instead? Possibly, but this draft just doesn’t have the dominant defensive players of other drafts. Wide receiver sure seems like the pick for Detroit, and whoever it is would quickly be in the fantasy football conversation.
Detroit Lions 2021 Draft selections
No. 7: Penei Sewell, OL
No. 41: Levi Onwuzurike, DL
No. 72: Alim McNeil, DT
No. 101: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB
No. 112: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR
No. 113: Derrick Barnes, LB
No. 257: Jermar Jefferson, RB
Fantasy football impact
Sewell isn’t going to score you any fantasy points, but he is a huge addition to this offense. He will help D’Andre Swift, Jared Goff and whoever they end up throwing out there at wide receiver. I expect the Lions go with a receiver in the second round, and he should see a lot of work his rookie year.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
St. Brown isn’t going to be a Kenny Golladay replacement, but he will be a solid target for Jared Goff. He has good hands and instincts, but he’s not going to beat corners with his speed. As he develops as a route runner, he can settle in as a useful No. 3 receiver. And with the Lions dearth of receivers, he should have some fantasy value in deeper leagues sooner rather than later.