Detroit Lions 2022 Draft Grades.. What Did Brad Holmes Give Alex Anzalone? (S2 E11)

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General manager Brad Holmes went into the 2022 NFL draft determined to find a “game changer” and came away with two players who fit that bill. This is why I believe the Detroit Lions had one of the best draft hauls in the league.

I’m asked to grade the Lions’ picks every year after the draft. It’s a silly exercise in some ways, passing judgment on players who have not played a down in the NFL and who are still in the developmental stage of their careers, and for that reason I’ve always tried to make my grade more about how the Lions use the draft capital they have and less about the talent the acquire.

Where players go from here is largely up to them, and the path they’re on won’t be evident for another year or two at the least.

Hassan Haskins was the thunder in Michigan’s thunder and lightning backfield duo with Blake Corum last season.

After getting drafted in the fourth round Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder is hoping to bring the same thunderous punch to the Tennessee Titans’ backfield, which features the 2019 and 2020 NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.

“I just feel like I’m a powerful back, but I’ve got everything in the tool bag,” Haskins told reporters Saturday. “I run angry. I don’t want to get hit in the backfield or none of that. I’m trying to gain yards and get those extra little YAC (yards after catch) yards. I’m just a powerful, aggressive runner.”