NFL Draft Grades: Detroit Lions’ Jahmyr Gibbs
The 2023 NFL draft was filled with all sorts of drama, especially in the first 15 picks due to multiple trades that were made. One of the most active trade makers was the Detroit Lions, which moved back from the No. 6 spot initially. The Lions were in on Jahmyr Gibbs and they were ultimately able to secure him at No. 12 overall.
Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire recently graded the entire first round of the 2023 draft and gave the Lions a ‘C-’ for their selection of Gibbs.
“Since I gave the Falcons’ pick of Bijan Robinson a B- as well, you may assume that I’m anti-running back. I am not, but I think the Lions probably could have picked Gibbs up with their second first-round pick if they wanted him. Gibbs is a great back with the ability to win in multiple ways, but I’m just questioning the placement of the pick.”
Entering the draft, the Lions had two really good running back options on the roster, but they were ultimately so blown away by Gibbs that they were eventually willing to trade D’Andre Swift to the Eagles for draft compensation.
Gibbs was the Tide’s leading receiver in terms of receptions in 2023, so expect him to be heavily involved in the passing game and a massive contributor early on.
I understand the logic of not wanting to take an RB with such a high pick, however, when a player is as versatile as Gibbs, I think it should affect that to some degree. The Lions won eight of their last 10 games, and in a division that no longer has Aaron Rodgers, it’s anyones for the taking. Gibbs is a win-now move and I like it.
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