For one of only two late-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions shifted focus to depth on the offensive line and selected offensive lineman Colby Sorsdal out of William and Mary College in Virginia.

Coming to the Motor City as a fifth l-round pick, Sorsdal’s selection provides depth and versatility for the Lions offensive line that (on paper) is poised to be top five in the league this season.

Although he was selected as a tackle, the pick also signals a replacement for Evan Brown and potential future battle at right guard with Halapoulivaati Vaitai before the 2023 season.

Along with Vaitai, Colby will join the likes of tackles Taylor Decker and Penei Sewell, guards Tommy Kraemer and Jonah Jackson, and center Frank Ragnow to provide protection for quarterback Jared Goff and blocking for running backs David Montgomery and 2023 first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs.


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