NFL Power Rankings: Bears, 49ers on the rise after 2021 draft – NFL.com

Previous rank: No. 31

The Lions are playing for tomorrow, so it’s best to look at the team’s 2021 draft as a foundation-building exercise. It started with a franchise left tackle in Oregon stud Penei Sewell, followed by three picks that addressed defense in the second and third rounds. That’s not going to help Jared Goff complete more passes this fall, but that’s not really the point. Goff feels more like a placeholder until 2022, when the Lions can use another premium draft asset on their future at QB. Unless, I suppose, Goff goes full Aaron Rodgers and sticks it to all his doubters in a profound way. Crazier things have happened!

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