The Detroit Lions Draft Jeremiah Ledbetter At Pick 205 In The 2017 NFL Draft.
Another transfer story turned success in the NFL. Jeremiah Ledbetter was playing at Hutchinson Community College in 2013 and 2014 after being redshirted in 2012. He had a great career at Hutchinson before transferring to Arkansas, where he would start his second game in 2015 and never give up the job again.
Ledbetter’s Collegiate Accomplishments:
- 2013 First-Team All-Jayhawk Conference
- 2014 Second-Team NJCAA All-American
- 2014 First-Team All-Jayhawk Conference
At Hutchinson, Ledbetter finished with 144 tackles, 22.5 sacks, second in school history. While at Arkansas, he finished with 104 tackles, 15 for loss, seven and a half sacks, three pass deflections and one forced fumble.
Check out his draft profile here.
Why Did The Lions Draft Jeremiah Ledbetter?
Detroit needs help on the defensive line. While Ledbetter won’t be starting week one for the Lions, he brings depth to the position that needs some help and more players that can bring pressure to the quarterback. Ledbetter will be a solid body to come off the bench and go in the rotation when Ansah and Hyder are tired.
Detroit had a horrible pass rush last season, being tied for 30th in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, barely ahead of the Oakland Raiders. Detroit needed to address the position and while they could have gone with a better player earlier, it is good to see Bob Quinn at least realize that the defensive line needs some help. Ledbetter will be fighting with the likes of Anthony Zettel and Armonty Bryant for playing time at the position.
If you are unsure about the pick still, check out his film here.