The Detroit Lions have bolstered their defensive line yet again.
With their first of two third-round selections (No. 72), the Lions have drafted defensive tackle Alim McNeill.
In March, McNeill helped boost his draft stock with a very solid performance in all of the drills at his pro day.
McNeill checked in at 6-foot-1 and 317 pounds.
According to SI's NFL Draft Bible, "McNeill has to improve his conditioning as his effort level deteriorates after a couple of plays. He can lose at initial impact in the run game due to an occasionally passive playing style. McNeill projects as a nose tackle in a gap penetration style front who should play primarily as a shaded nose. His leverage and hands will provide pass-rush, but he has to improve as a run defender to become a full-time starter."
Barring a trade back into the third round, Detroit won't pick again until No. 101 overall -- the 38th pick in the third round.
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Picks made so far in 2021 NFL Draft:
- Round 1, Pick 7 - Oregon OL Penei Sewell
- Round 2, Pick 41 - Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike
- Round 3, Pick 72 - NC State DT Alim McNeill
Detroit's three remaining draft picks for 2021:
- Round 3, Pick 38 (101 overall, via the Los Angeles Rams)
- Round 4, Pick 7 (112 overall)
- Round 5, Pick 9 (153 overall)
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