Lions trade up in third round and select OG Jonah Jackson

After trading up with the Indianapolis Colts, the Detroit Lions select interior offensive lineman Jonah Jackson in the third round (75th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Lions gave up their 85th, 149th, and 182nd overall picks to the Colts for their 75th and 197th selections.

Coming out of Ohio State, Jackson was a third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten in 2019. Spending the first four years of his NCAA career at Rutgers, Jackson excels in pass blocking. However, he is far from a road-grader in the run game.

The Lions got a good look at the 6-foot-3, 306-pounder at the Senior Bowl and he should immediately contend for the starting right guard spot.

Per Lance Zierlein of
“Guard/center prospect whose run-blocking and pass protection tape are polar opposites. He’s not a natural bender and the hand placement is rough, making sustaining blocks a challenge. However, the narrow base as a drive blocker turns into a wide, balanced base in pass sets. He’s a terrific processor of twists and blitzes who expedites his process and finds his work. If a team can improve the hands and body control they might have something, but he’s more likely a backup option for teams targeting pass protection inside at guard or center.”

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

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