Lions' fourth-round pick Logan Stenberg cites 'nastiness' as one of his best traits
The Lions were scheduled to have four picks on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, but decided they needed more, trading No. 109 at the top of the fourth round to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for No. 121 and No. 172 on Saturday.
The Raiders used the pick to select Clemson offensive lineman John Simpson and the Lions followed suit, adding a second guard in as many picks by taking Kentucky's Logan Stenberg at No. 121.
The selection of Stenberg comes one night after the Lions drafted Ohio State's Jonah Jackson in the third round. The latter has a reputation of being a supreme pass protector, while Sternberg sees himself offering the Lions more of a mauler.
"I think that games are won and lost in the trenches and I live by that," Stenberg said. "I think every time I can finish the guy across from me and move the defensive line back, we have a better chance of winning. That’s what I plan to do for the Lions."
Stenberg said his "nastiness" developed from being the youngest of four brothers, but that style of play got him in trouble at times with Kentucky, leading to too many penalties. He said knowing the balance of playing aggressive and outside the bounds of the rules is key.
"There’s always a line and if you continue to get closer to that line, you can’t jump over," he said. "I want the guy across from me to want to quit and want to get to the sideline because he’s getting beat up all day. I think if we can do that, we have a better chance of winning the game."
Measuring in at a hearty 6-foot-6, 322 pounds at the combine, Stenberg is coming off a college career where he started 39 consecutive games, all at left guard. Despite the specific usage, he's confident he can play any of the five spots along the offensive line, although his shorter-than-ideal arms might make him a tough sell as an offensive tackle.
Joe Dahl started at left guard for the Lions last year after signing a two-year extension with the team. After finishing the year on injured reserve with a back injury, he was given a clean bill of health by general manager Bob Quinn Friday night.
Stenberg joins a crowded depth chart, loaded with veteran interior lineman. That group includes Kenny Wiggins, Oday Aboushi, former first-rounder Joshua Garnett and Beau Benzschawel, an undrafted rookie last year.
The deal with the Raiders helped the Lions replace a fifth-rounder the team gave up to move up 10 spots and Jackson at No. 75 overall.
In addition to picks 121 and 172, the Lions also hold 166, 197 and 235.
Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky
Hometown: Madison, Ala. (James Clemens High School)
Age: 23 (March 18, 1997)
Notable: Three-year starter at Kentucky ... Helped pave the way for Benny Snell Jr. to become Kentucky's all-time leading rusher ... 2019 first-team All-SEC, second-team All-America.