Sunday’s Open Thread: Should Lions do David Ojabo’s draft if it goes drafted?

In a brutal turn of events, David Ojabo suffered a torn Achilles on a pro day in Michigan, as first reported by Michael Lombardi. Being part of a loaded position group in this draft class, Ojabo was highly regarded and considered one of the top 20 by many draftsmen – believe me, I asked Erik. And with this happening so close to the finish line of the pre-draft process, it doesn’t get any worse for the player you explosive athletics was one of his most appealing features.

Dane Brugler z Athletic suggested on Twitter that Ojabo’s actions would, understandably, take a significant blow due to the nature of the injurybut it also won’t “free fall”. Brugler believes that if Ojabo’s surgery and rehab go as planned and the teams are satisfied with the results and the recovery schedule, the pre-eminent Michigan state may still be in the game to be drafted in the “40 to 75” range.

That brings us to today’s question of the day …

Should Lions draft David Ojabo if he gets drafted?

This is undoubtedly an intriguing proposition. Although the Lions were under different management at the time, we saw Detroit recently seizing Julian Okwara’s chance in the 2020 NFL Draft third round after suffering a fibula fracture at the end of the academic season. It just so happened that Okwara was the 67th pick in the draft and Lions is currently ranked 66th in this year’s draft, putting them in the range of the selections proposed by Brugler on Saturday. Choosing 32 or 34 seems too high a price to pay for such uncertainty.

When considering the Detroit situation at EDGE, there is an account to consider. In the first week of free agency, the Lions cut off Trey Flowers, re-signed Charles Harris, and earlier this month said they would encourage Romeo Okwara’s recovery from an Achilles injury. It does seem, however, that betting is risky two players in the same position recover from injuries that are very difficult to recover. And when you go back to consider CEO Brad Holmes’ approach to the free agency as a whole, it seems like he is counting on the project to meet many of the numerous needs that this roster still has.

If Detroit finds a way to go back and collect more picks in this range from 40 to 75, I would not object to Holmes taking the risk of Ojabo, but given the needs that this squad has right now, those picks of 32, 34, and 66 should be spent on players who can play, grow and be part of what this team is striving for. Getting injured is too much of a risk that it’s hard to predict how useful Ojabo will be when he recovers, so I think Lions should avoid more players recovering from historically devastating injuries.

Your turn.


Should Lions draft David Ojabo if he gets drafted?

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