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Examining expectations for the Lions' draft class in 2018 and beyond

Examining expectations for the Lions' draft class in 2018 and beyond

They used their fourth-round selection on Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, a player with a lot of upsides but has some concerns as well.

It reunites him with Davis, the ex-Crimson Tide defensive line coach who is entering his first season as the Lions' D-line coach.

Hand, 22, had 71 tackles and 9 sacks in four years at Alabama.

Ragnow had a season-ending ankle injury a year ago, limiting him to seven games and he ended his 42-game career without giving up a sack.

The former five-star recruit never developed into a big-time producer for the Tide but is a special athlete, as he showed at the National Football League scouting combine. The 6-4, 288 pounder ran a 4.83 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine and did 28 bench presses of 225 pounds. "I don't think we've been the most balanced offense the last few years, right?"

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He said the team was headed that way before Demarcus Cousins was lost for the season with an Achilles injury January 26th. But it's obvious they're hesitant to tie up so much money with someone who may come back as an entirely different player.

Moving into the fifth round, the Lions may have gotten the steal of the draft, selecting offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby out of Oregon.

Indeed, there were arguably better players on the board, but Ragnow was rated as one of the draft's top centers and likely would have been in consideration for the Cincinnati Bengals one pick later. His twitter page makes me like him already though (see below).

Bawden started his San Diego State career as a quarterback and even started two games of his true freshman season at the position before transitioning to fullback.

While two draft picks certainly won't completely change the franchise on their own, it's clear what the Lions are trying to accomplish and what their offensive philosophy is going to be under new head coach Matt Patricia.

Following is a look at Detroit's six selections in three-day draft with background on each and a comment from Quinn. Tall and slender build with good speed that scored well in testing. He took former Arkansas center Frank Ragnow in the first round, Johnson in the second. During the Quinn era, the first round selections have been offensive line and linebacker, two positions of need. The NFL Draft is always an exciting time as it brings fans back to the NFL for a weekend during the long offseason. Get to training camp and we'll have a very physical training camp.

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