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5 things to know about British Columbia’s Giovanni Manu, the Lions’ fourth-round pick

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The Detroit Lions went in a pretty interesting direction on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL draft. After acquiring the 126th overall pick from the New York Jets, the Lions selected British Columbia tackle Giovanni Manu in the fourth round.

Detroit’s offensive line was a strength for them last season, despite having a few guys banged up throughout the year. This decision to select Manu certainly adds to their depth at the position.

Here are five things to know about Manu:

Top notch athleticism

Manu’s exceptional athleticism has made him a standout prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-7 and 352 pounds, he boasts impressive numbers, running a 4.96 40-yard dash and recording a 33.5-inch vertical during his pro day. His performance garnered significant attention from NFL teams, leading to approximately 11 pre-draft visits, despite his college football career taking place outside the United States.

Brings versatility to the tackle position

Playing both left tackle and left guard at British Columbia, Manu showcases a willingness to adapt to team needs. He’s comfortable at both position and just wants to prove his worth on the field.

He’s a workhorse

In an interview with the Draft Network, Manu vowed to bring his best to any team that drafts him, as he carries a relentless work ethic and a commitment to making a significant impact at the next level.

“Whatever team takes a chance on me is going to get the best version of me. They’re going to get every ounce of hard work and dedication I have in me. I’m the type of person that wants to be at the facility seven days a week.”

Few analyst had Manu on their radar for this draft

Manu became the first player drafted that was completely off the top 300 of the consensus board. NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said during the broadcast that he predicts Manu will be a work in progress for the Lions.

Former two sport athlete

Manu’s love for love for sports flourished after his family moved to Canada when he was 11 years old. Initially drawn to rugby, he transitioned to basketball and football after discovering the popularity of American football in his new home. He was a solid basketball player, averaging 30 points per game as a senior. Despite not having a rugby team at his high school, Manu found his passion for football through YouTube videos of NFL legends like Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

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