Ragnow and Johnson are two pieces of a complex puzzle, but the future is bright in the Motor City.
OR running back Royce Freeman, another player who started in the inaugural College Football Playoff national title game for the Ducks as a true freshman, was picked in the third round by the Denver Broncos on Friday night.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Johnson rushed for 1,391 yard and 18 touchdowns last season for Auburn, including 11 scores in a three-game span.
"He's a very patient runner initially, but when he sees the hole he's got great acceleration and he really finishes runs very well", said Quinn. "You know, you look at the board, I'd say, quite honestly, there was much, much more depth along the offensive line and at running back then there was at pass rush". The Lions drafted offensive lineman Frank Ragnow of Arkansas in the first round, and the addition of Johnson could add balance to Detroit's Matthew Stafford-led offense. "Those are the two things that he's paid to do and I think he does both of them equally as well".
Quote - "He's a run blocker and he's a pass protector", Quinn said.
The Lions have second- and third-round picks Friday along with slots in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds on Saturday.
A year ago was Hand's first as a full-time player for the Alabama. Tall and slender build with good speed that scored well in testing. Thank players like Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara in recent drafts with bringing the position back to prominence in the National Football League draft.
In New England, fullback James Develin became a Pro Bowler previous year after switching positions from defensive line and climbing through practice squads. "Good scheme fit for us". They added two big-bodied offensive lineman, the SEC Offensive player of the year in 2017, a big-bodied defensive back, the top high school recruit in 2014 and the first fullback in Detroit since 2015.
After not having a sixth-round selection, the Lions finished out their draft by selecting FB Nick Bawden out of the San Diego State.