The Detroit Lions Draft Jamal Agnew In The Fifth Round Of The 2017 Draft

The Detroit Lions Draft Jamal Agnew At Pick 165 In The 2017 NFL Draft.

The first player taken by Detroit who is coming from the FCS, football championship subdivision, is Jamal Agnew. A four-year starter for San Diego, Agnew did well covering the slot as a cornerback. He is a very fast player, running a 4.32 at the NFL Combine and a 4.35 at San Diego’s pro day.

Agnew’s Collegiate Accomplishments:

  • 2013 USD Most Outstanding First Year Player
  • 2013 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention
  • 2014 All-PFL Second Team
  • 2015 USD’s Defensive MVP
  • 2015 All-PFL Second Team

During his time at San Diego, Agnew finished with 148 tackles, 48 pass deflections, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 interceptions.

Check out his draft profile here.

Why Did The Lions Draft Jamal Agnew?

Detroit needs help in the secondary and while they addressed the position in the second round of this year’s draft in Teez Tabor, they felt that they needed more help and took Agnew in the fifth round. Good news, more help for the secondary for Detroit, which is never bad and he can bring some good talent to the team. The bad news, he plays slot cornerback, which Detroit already has three cornerbacks that can play that spot, and are probably better than Agnew.

DJ Hayden, Nevin Lawson, and Quandre Diggs are all players who are currently on the team that can play the slot spot and adding another body for some competition is good, was it worth a fifth round draft pick when a running back is still needed, some help on the defensive line as well, even the safety position needs another body, and a possible third string quarterback are bigger needs for Detroit than slot cornerback.

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