For the first time since their bye week, the Detroit Lions will be at home watching NFL football rather than playing. Having been ousted in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Detroit failed to reach the final eight because of many glaring issues.
The eight remaining teams—the Cowboys, Packers, Falcons, Seahawks, Patriots, Texans, Steelers and Chiefs—all have fairly well-rounded teams. Sure, they each have their faults, but each team is there for a reason: they have talent. So today’s Question of the Day is:
If you could take one player from any of the remaining playoff teams and put it on the Lions roster, who would it be?
My answer: There are a lot of good choices here. Aaron Rodgers would be nice, just so the Lions would never have to play against him again. Ezekiel Elliott or Le’Veon Bell could help drastically in building a running game in Detroit for the first time in two decades. What better way to replace Calvin Johnson than with Julio Jones or Antonio Brown?
But, ultimately, I think the Lions biggest need is defensive playmakers, and there are no players better than J.J. Watt. He may have missed nearly the entire season with an injury, but he’s expected to fully recover. Watt was a three-time defensive player of the year in his first five years in NFL. Watt may have an adjustment period to fit in Detroit’s offense, but he’s the kind of talent that makes a defensive coordinator’s job easy. Watt’s disruptive play would single-handedly pull the Lions defense out of the basement and give the entire team a huge bump.