Detroit Lions go big again, take Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike in Round 2
One day after drafting the offensive tackle against Penei Sewell in Oregon in the first round, the Lions tackled their defensive trench with the No. 41 in the second round and selected the defensive game against Levi Onwuzurike in Washington in the second round.
Measuring 6-foot-3,290 pounds on his pro day, Onwuzurike is considered a quick-paced, penetrating interior designer who goes right into one of Detroit’s major roster flaws.
Like Sewell, Onwuzurike has retired from the 2020 season. In 2019 he reached 45 tackles, six of them behind the bar. In three seasons with the huskies, he had seven sacks.
“The Huskies moved him in their plan, but I think he works best as the 3 edge technique,” wrote former scout and NFL network analyst Daniel Jeremiah. “He has an explosive first step and very quick hands on the pass. He flashes a twitching stroke / swim motion, but there are times when he has no plan and gets stuck.
“He can drive inside blockers straight back to the quarterback if he comes off the ball with the pads low on the ground. He plays much bigger than he does against the barrel. He can stack individual opponents with one arm and refuses to stay blocked.” He has sideways reach and his effort is phenomenal. “
Effort and drive were central to Lions General Manager Brad Holmes and Trainer Dan Campbell as they formed the roster in their vision.
Analyst comparisons for Onwuzurike include earlier first-round election and Pro Bowler Sheldon Richardson and Justin Madubuike, third-round election a year ago.
Onwuzurike is the second major addition to the team’s defensive line after the off-season trade for Michael Brockers. Nick Williams, a free agent in the last off-season, and John Penisini, a draft pick from the sixth round in 2020, round out the planned rotation.
In addition to the Onwuzurike picks, in the third round, Lions also hold Picks # 72 and # 101.
Prior to Detroit’s election, there were four trades at the start of the second round. The Jaguars started the evening with Tyson Campbell, Georgia cornerback.
Other players who got off the board before Onwuzurike on Friday night were Elijah Moore, Javonte Williams, Sicherheit Jevon Holland, Landon Dickerson, Christian Barmore, Teven Jenkins and Richie Grant.