Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Draft class grades poorly

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Prior to the start of the 2022 campaign, the Lions’ 2019 draft class didn’t look great. And now, it looks even worse after the trade of tight end T.J. Hockenson

Hockenson, Detroit’s first-round pick in ’19 (No. 8 overall), was traded to the Minnesota Vikings at the NFL trade deadline Tuesday. The Iowa product played three-and-a-half seasons with the Lions, amassing 186 receptions, 2,068 yards and 15 touchdowns in 47 games. 

With Hockenson gone, Detroit now just has three players remaining from its nine-player ’19 draft class: defensive back Will Harris (drafted in the third round), EDGE Austin Bryant (selected in the fourth round) and cornerback Amani Oruwariye (taken in the fifth round). While Oruwariye has been, by far, the most consistent performer of the three, each of the aforementioned players has struggled with being consistently productive. 

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