Top rookies Detroit Lions will face in 2021

7. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Minnesota

Darrisaw Bio: Three-year-old player, full-time rookie 2017. Started 26 right-attack games in 2017-18 and 12 left-attack games in 2019. Deregistered in 2020.

How It Affects Lions: The Lions have made significant improvements in their defensive line this offseason, particularly in defensive tackles, but Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara, Julian Okwara and the rest of the Detroit rushers on the sidelines will no doubt look forward to a matchup against a rookie at.

When Lions face him: Week 5, October 10, in Minnesota, 1 p.m. and Week 13, December 5, vs Minnesota, 1 p.m.

8. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh

Harris Bio: Alabama’s all-time leader in touchdowns in a career with 57 (46 rushing, 11 receiving). Harris achieved a total of 3,843 career miles to be on the Alabama all-time list and amassed 4,624 general-purpose yards for his career, a total that is UA’s second-best of all time.

How It Affects Lions: Pittsburgh wants to control the ball on the ground, play a good defense and play the big game of passing with veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and this talented receiving corps. Since Le’Veon Bell left a few years ago, the Steelers have missed a major threat in their field. Can Harris provide that for them and make Pittsburgh a top 10 offensive again?

When Lions face him: Week 10, November 14th, in Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

9. Editions Bateman, WR, Baltimore

Bateman Bio: 147 receptions (sixth in school history) for 2,395 yards (sixth) and 19 touchdowns (fifth). Bateman recorded ten 100-yard reception games during his college career in Minnesota.

How It Affects Lions: The Ravens were missing a true No. 1 receiver in the passing game to complement quarterback Lamar Jackson. The hope in Baltimore is that Bateman will provide that for them. He’s a 4.39 speed burner in his 40’s. So expect him to expand the field and help the Ravens get a little more balanced on the offensive.

When Lions face him: Week 3, September 26, v Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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