Getting to know Detroit Lions 1st Round pick Taylor Decker


On Thursday night, the Detroit Lions selected offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft. Decker was a three year starter at the Ohio State and played on both the left and right side of the line. He played in 54 games and started 42 times and went 50-4 during his time at Ohio State.

Standing at six feet seven inches and 310 pounds, Decker possesses good size and a strong physical presence for run blocking. He fills an important need on the Lions offensive line and should help upgrade a line that allowed 44 sacks and the worst rushing team in the NFL.

Decker won a National Championship with Ohio State in the 2014 season. He was a Lombardi Award semifinalist and Outland candidate as a senior on a team that lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game in 2015.