Lions select DT John Penisini in sixth round of NFL Draft

In the sixth round — 197th overall — of the 2020 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select defensive tackle John Penisini out of Utah.

At 6-foot-1, he doesn’t have great length, but he uses his 318-pound body very well against the run.

Per Lance Zierlein of
Backup nose tackle with the girth and anchor to clog the drain as a run-stopper. Penisini can twitch and club off the snap for occasional early wins or punch, extend and two-gap when needed. He has massive, violent hands and quality upper-body strength but will find the going much tougher against bigger, stronger competition. He has lower body strength to push into the pocket once he gets to an edge, but he doesn’t offer much rush value. He has backup potential as an early-down nose for odd or even front schemes.

(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)

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