Sunday, May 30, 2021

Detroit Lions Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Detroit Lions rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 31.0 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 30th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 32nd (

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Lions in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Jared Goff

Ahead of the draft, the new Lions quarterback was assured by the front office that the team wouldn't select another QB. They didn't, which he said gave him a "nice foot of confidence" entering his first year in Detroit. They also beefed up the offensive line by drafting a potential generational talent in Oregon OT Penei Sewell to help protect him. Although building up the offensive and defensive lines was a priority, Goff was also "excited" for fourth-round WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who could be a good fit. -- Eric Woodyard -- Rank: 32

The Lions are playing for tomorrow, so it's best to look at the team's 2021 draft as a foundation-building exercise. It started with a franchise left tackle in Oregon stud Penei Sewell, followed by three picks that addressed defense in the second and third rounds. That's not going to help Jared Goff complete more passes this fall, but that's not really the point. Goff feels more like a placeholder until 2022, when the Lions can use another premium draft asset on their future at QB. Unless, I suppose, Goff goes full Aaron Rodgers and sticks it to all his doubters in a profound way. Crazier things have happened!

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They have a new general manager, a new coach and a new quarterback in Jared Goff. They also drafted well. But this is a rebuild that is going to take time.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Their new regime pretty much took this roster down to the studs, but then got busy drafting studs. They're admittedly a year or two away, but that doesn't mean they'll be a freebie on anyone's 2021 schedule.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Can we all agree that the RedZone Channel should commit to airing every Dan Campbell post-game press conference live, regardless of what else is happening around the league? The Lions could be pretty good on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but expecting Jared Goff to move the ball effectively with their group of pass-catching options is asking a lot. Detroit is wisely building for the long haul.

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