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Picking Detroit Lions' winners and losers after 2020 NFL draft

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down why the Detroit Lions picked Georgia RB D'Andre Swift in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. Detroit Free Press

When it comes to judging the NFL draft in the moment — not one or two years later, when no one cares — it’s all about looking at what makes sense in the here and now.

Sure, there are always late-round project picks. But for the most part, teams draft players who can help them in the near future because most regimes know they won’t keep their jobs very long if they don’t win soon and often.