The Lions made Julian Okwara a third-round pick back in April’s draft. He missed the final four games of Notre Dame’s season and didn’t run at the combine due to a broken fibula.

Julian Okwara joins a defense in desperate need of a pass rusher. Detroit had the second least amount sacks while rocking the worst pass-rush win rate in the league last year. In four seasons in South Bend, the younger Okwara put up 15.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss. He had eight sacks as a junior and followed up with five sacks in the nine games he played last season. Pro Football Focus loved Julian Okwara’s play, handing him an impressive 90.4 pass-rushing grade through nine games.

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