Well after a disappointing season, once again we have to look to the Draft and Offseason. However my friends there is no need to fear or fret as we will have a new coach (preferably Jon Gruden) and a high level of talent to make us a contender next year. We do have needs and areas to improve, and Free Agency and the Draft should help fill those and finally make this a complete team. In a perfect world I would kill for Jon Gruden as HC, Gary Kubiak as OC and Pat Narduzzi as DC.
Areas of Need
1. #2 WR
This Free Agency can be a success with the signing of only one player, Aqib Talib. He's a Free Agent this offseason and nobody can be sure that old man Belichick will keep him around. Talib has great size at 6'1, in his prime at 27 and is by far one of the most talented CB's in the game. We only have 5.2 million in cap space and Talib will not be cheap, so every penny, along with some coaxing will be needed to bring him to Detroit.
1. With the 10th overall pick the Detroit lions will select... Sammy Watkins out of Clemson University . Sammy Watkins has elite skill and speed. Truly a once in a generation player, with a high Football IQ, and a knack of juking and spinning out of tackles. One of Tajh Boyd's favorite targets and a big playmaker, he will help ease pressure off of Megatron and make Stafford more efficient.
Sammy Watkins - 2012 - The Legacy So Far (HD) (via Jett Jones)
2. With the 42nd overall pick the Detroit Lions will select... Zack Martin OG out of the University of Notre Dame. Guard is not a major need, but with an ailing Rob Sims and an upcoming contract, we should look to the future. Whether we keep Sims and have Martin as a backup, or have him start outright a young, talented Guard is a must. This also continues the trend the Lions have been engaging in drafting young, athletic Offensive Linemen.
Zack Martin and Chris Watt vs Alabama BCS Championship 2013 (via JPDraftJedi)
3. Our 3rd round pick will attack the Safety position with Ty Zimmerman out of Kansas State. An athletic and tough safety, who is very good against the run and plays smart. He has a nice read for the ball and can backup Delmas and Quin as good as anyone. (at 1:38 he recovers a fumble and at 3:28 catches an interception)
Ty Zimmerman vs. Oklahoma (2012) (via Mario Clavel)
4. Our fourth round pick will be Arthur Lynch out of Georgia. Sadly I don't believe Pettigrew will be back, as it might be too expensive to resign him. However the need for replacement and a good blocking TE occurs. Lynch is a big 6’5 TE out of Georgia and is perfect complement to Fauria. A great blocker, and capable of making clutch catches, he’s a good call in the mid-rounds. He also played with Durham and the two should gel well together in our new offense. He doesn't have elite speed, but does well enough to be dangerous.
Arthur Lynch vs Tennessee 2012 (via JPDraftJedi)
5. With our 5th round pick we'll draft Max Bullough the ILB out of Michigan State. Stephen Tulloch is getting old, and none of the other LB’s has stepped up to make plays(except Levy) . Max Bullough out of Michigan State can fill that void. He’s 6’3, with a knack for getting after the ball and great against the run. Our defense has been weak at times and the need for a Bryan Cushing type player is needed. He’s been great this year in terms of tackles and run defense.
Max Bullough vs Michigan (2012) (via Josh DB)
6. Our 6th round pick will be spent on Gabe Ikard the Center out of Oklahoma. Raiola is getting old and we'll have to replace him sooner or later. There is talk that he'll come back for one season, but regardless we'll have to draft a center. At a nice 6'3 and playing at a big school like Oklahoma, he is more than ready for the NFL.
7. Our final pick of the draft will be Isame Faciane out of FIU. Now we’re focused on building more depth at DT to back up Suh and Fairley. Good height, but can add some more weight and muscle. He’s more of a developmental player.
Jordan Lynch QB NIU
Jordan Tripp OLB Montana