Detroit Lions draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

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Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Detroit Lions:  

Round 1 (No. 7 overall) - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon: The first pick of the new regime in Motown is Sewell, who won the Outland Trophy at age 19 in 2019 before opting out last year. A 6-5, 331-pounder, Sewell moves shockingly well for a man his size and will likely force Detroit OT Taylor Decker to the right side. This pick also signals a new philosophy in Detroit, where new coach Dan Campbell and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn want to run the ball, something this franchise hasn't done effectively since Barry Sanders retired more than two decades ago. Draft tracker

Round 2 (41) - Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington: He can defend the run and penetrate on passing downs and should be willing to bite a few kneecaps for new coach Dan Campbell. He was an all-Pac-12 selection in 2019 before opting out last year. Detroit has now picked two linemen from the conference after going with Oregon OT Penei Sewell in Round 1Draft tracker

Round 3 (72) - Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State: A highly mobile interior havoc wreaker. Detroit continues to devote this draft to the trenches ... tells you something about how they're rebuilding. Draft tracker

Round 3 (101, from Rams, compensatory) - Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse: Another big corner at 6-2, 205. He's the brother of 2017 combine star Obi Melifonwu, who didn't turn out to be much of an NFL player. Ifeatu had 19 pass break-ups and three INTs in his three years with the Orange and should get a shot to play early in a depleted Detroit secondary. Draft tracker

Round 4 (112) - Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

Round 4 (113, from Panthers through Browns) - Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue

Round 7 (257, from Bills through Browns) - Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State

Detroit Lions' last five top draft picks:

  • 2020 (No. 3 overall): Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  • 2019 (No. 8 overall): T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
  • 2018 (No. 20 overall): Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas 
  • 2017 (No. 21 overall): Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
  • 2016 (No. 16 overall): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

2021 NFL draft: Team-by-team picks

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots

AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers

AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans

AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders

NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Washington

NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings

NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints

NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks

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