The Detroit Lions Draft Anthony Zettel In The Sixth Round

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Anthony Zettel selected in the sixth round

With the 202nd pick of the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions take defensive tackle Anthony Zettel! Welcome to Detroit Anthony! Zettel finished his career tied for number seven in Penn State history with 20 career sacks, he is also ranked 10th all time for career tackles for loss at 38. In 2014, he was the only FBS player ranked in sacks and interceptions per game. He was also the first Penn State defensive lineman since 1959 to have at least three interceptions in a season in 2014. He had 119 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, four interceptions, 14 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Check out his profileĀ here.

Why did the Lions draft Anthony Zettel?

Depth, depth and more depth. Detroit drafted A’Shawn Robinson yesterday to possibly be a starting defensive tackle, Zettel isn’t that type of player. He will provide depth and versatility. He can play tackle and end. Detroit needs help at the tackle position with Ngata possibly being gone after next season, Walker and Stefan Charles are on one year deals. Gabe Wright and Caraun Reid are young players that can also provide with help. Zettel plays until the whistle blows and never wants to give the offensive lineman a play off. He does have short arms, but he still can put them up to knock passes down or snag the ball and get the interception. He can read the quarterbacks eyes well, knowing where the play will happen and disrupt the passing lane, knocking him down or the ball away. I had him as a fourth round pick, but that could have been an exaggeration. Either way though, he is a great pick for Detroit and helps with the depth at the defensive tackle position, something Detroit needs.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to come back here for the rest of the NFL draft today for the final rounds!

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