DETROIT LIONS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC NORTH -

Grade: C-

Ar­guably the great­est need, help for Ziggy An­sah pres­sur­ing the quar­ter­back, was not a pri­or­ity and Hand is a down line­man. Rag­now, or a sim­i­lar pivot, could have been had 20 picks later. But the re­united tag team of Matt Pa­tri­cia and GM Bob Quinn backed up their in­ten­tion to bring a throw­back run­ning back to Mo­town with three of their first five picks fo­cused on that pro­nounced weak­ness. John­son has power and enough speed, plus 29 touch­downs the past two sea­sons on a ré­sumé written vs. South­east­ern Con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion. Rag­now never al­lowed a sack in col­lege, and Crosby, a tackle in the Pac-12, didn’t give one up last sea­son.

Best pick

Tyrell Crosby can start at guard im­me­di­ately, which is some­thing this team des­per­ately needed. Fail­ing to ad­e­quately ad­dress block­ing con­trib­uted to the un­do­ing of the pre­vi­ous regime.

Up­side pick

Tracy Walker is a costly in­vest­ment Quinn de­fended be­cause of plus size, ath­leti­cism and ball skills but most of all — speed. Walker, the cousin of CB Dar­ius Slay, will be placed in a play­mak­ing role.

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Crosby

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