I don’t think I’m breaking any news when I say that the Los Angeles Rams are a better team than the Detroit Lions. At 10-1, the Rams are likely going to be the first team in the NFL to clinch their division, and their aspirations go well beyond that. This is undoubtedly a Super Bowl caliber team, and while they’re built for the short-term for the time being, they also have some pieces that could make them a tough team to for years to come.
The Detroit Lions are in the midst of, at least, a partial rebuild. They have some important pieces but they clearly need more.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
If you could just take one player from the Los Angeles Rams’ roster and put them on the Lions roster, who would it be?
My answer: This is a tough one, because while the Lions likely need defensive help over everything, the Rams’ specialty is on offense. There are impressive defensive players like Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald, but if there’s a strength on the Lions defense, it’s at the interior of the defensive line.
So while I’m tempted to take what’s rightfully ours in Donald, I think my actual answer is Brandin Cooks. The Lions used to have a pretty solid receiving corps, but they haven’t had a true burner since Titus Young. Cooks is such a versatile option that not only challenges defenses deep, but over the middle of the field as well. His speed is incredibly tough to cover and his route running is pretty impressive, too. Adding a piece like Cooks would open up opportunities for other receivers, and could actually create separation from defensive backs.
I know the general repulsion to adding skill players, especially since we’ve seen this team fail to succeed with a pretty good set of weapons, but Cooks feels like the potential missing piece for this offense right now.