Detroit Lions 2021 Draft class has Top 10 ROI ranking

According to most of the so-called experts, Brad Holmes did a pretty solid job in his first draft as general manager of the Detroit Lions.

But just how good did Holmes do?

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Well, we really will not have a concrete answer to that question until we see exactly how the Lions Class of 2021 performs on the field in the coming years.

But, according to Thor Nystrom of NBC Sports Edge, the Lions have the No. 10 ranked 2021 NFL Draft class based on return on investment (ROI).

Here is what Nystrom has to say about Holmes' first draft class with the Lions.

DETROIT LIONS | 2022 DRAFT PICKS (11): 1 1* 2 3 3C 4 5 5C 6 6C 7^ 7&

Talent: 6 | Equity: 8 | ROI: 10

Pick Pos Rk Name HT WT RAS Comp
1.7 OT1 4 Penei Sewell 6'5 331 8.99 Trent Williams
2.41 DL2 37 Levi Onwuzurike 6'3 290 8.73 Leonard Williams
3.72 DL5 69 Alim McNeill 6'2 317 8.53 Javon Hargrave
3.101 CB12 86 Ifeatu Melifonwu 6'2 205 9.69 Ahkello Witherspoon
4.112 WR12 78 Amon-Ra St. Brown 6'1 197 7.14 Sterling Shepard
4.113 LB12 129 Derrick Barnes 6'0 238 8.42 Jarrad Davis
7.257 RB15 202 Jermar Jefferson 5'9 206 2.28 Ronald Jones
UDFA WR25 206 Jonathan Adams 6'2 210 7.53 Stevie Johnson
UDFA iOL23 219 Tommy Kraemer 6'5 309 Jamon Meredith
UDFA iOL24 223 Drake Jackson 6'2 293 Joey Hunt
UDFA WR30 228 Sage Surratt 6'2 209 5.66 Michael Floyd
UDFA RB28 327 Rakeem Boyd 5'11 213 2.17 Paul Perkins
UDFA WR46 340 Javon McKinley 6'2 215 7.25 Noah Brown
UDFA CB49 426 Jerry Jacobs 5'10 208 5.81 Doran Grant
UDFA LB45 431 Tavante Beckett 5'10 220 1.11 Eric Striker
UDFA RB39 444 Dedrick Mills 5'10 215 Rashad Penny
UDFA CB54 493 A.J. Parker 5'11 182 2.75 Bené Benwikere
UDFA TE24 496 Brock Wright 6'4 257 9.21 Jerell Adams
UDFA TE29 X Jake Hausmann 6'4 242 1.69 David Grinnage
UDFA S50 X D'Angelo Amos 6'0 191 4.52

*DET acquired LAR 2022 R1 in Matthew Stafford trade

^CLE has right to pick-swap 2022 R7s with DET for David Blough trade (August 2019)

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&DET acquired conditional 2022 NE R7 in exchange for CB Michael Jackson (August 2020)

NFL Draft: Lions GM Brad Holmes took advantage of good fortune and a thrift-shopper’s eye for value throughout in landing the most impressive Lions' draft haul in years. Six of Detroit's seven selections were ranked higher on my board than the slot Detroit picked them in. This is what the draft is all about: Coming out with more talent than should have been possible in your slots. Penei Sewell is the best offensive linemen I've evaluated in five years doing this. What a pick to start things off for Holmes at 1.7. From there, he used his weak roster to his advantage — he let the board come to him and didn't reach for a particular position of need over another.

UDFA: Detroit signed a league-high four prospects I had draftable grades on, including the No. 3 and 7 available WR Jonathan Adams and Sage Surratt, and No. 5 and 6 available iOL Tommy Kraemer and Drake Jackson. Another sign of intelligent design from an organization that’s been devoid of it for far too long. The Lions acquired Adams, Surratt and Amon-Ra St. Brown — a third- and two sixth-round values on my board — for the price of 4.112 and slightly over $100k in guaranteed UDFA money, per Spotrac. Slick bargain hunting.

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Still need: Wide receiver, quarterback, linebacker

To see how the rest of the league fared, according to Nystrom, please click here.

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