Earlier in the week, we revealed our FanPulse poll results regarding the Detroit Lions free agency period. According to 100 percent of Lions fans, the team has already gotten better through free agency, meaning anything that happens in the NFL Draft is just a cherry on top of a successful offseason.
But where have the Lions improved the most so far?
That’s today’s Question of the Day is:
Where have the Lions seen the most improvement this offseason?
My answer: Well, it’s obviously between pass rush and the secondary. Both positions work together on the field. The better the coverage from the secondary, the more time the pass rush has to get to the quarterback. The better the pass rush, the more opportunities for the secondary to pick off a misfire.
And while the simple addition of Trey Flowers turns a decent defensive front into a potential lethal one, I’m actually a little more excited about the changes in the secondary. Outside of Darius Slay and Quandre Diggs, the Lions have lacked playmakers in the defensive backfield. Nevin Lawson is gone, Detroit moved on from Glover Quin, whose play was clearly on the decline.
Now the Lions finally have a lock-down nickel corner for the first time since... well, maybe ever. Justin Coleman promises to be a mainstay in the secondary for the next era of Lions football, which should be a load off Detroit’s back. While I’m not nearly as high on the signing of Rashaan Melvin, it’s a much welcomed change at the CB2 position after the Lions juggled between the likes of Lawson, Teez Tabor and Mike Ford last year.
Of course, Detroit may not be done at the position, either. Cornerback remains a very likely choice for an early-round pick in this year’s draft. Given the additions that Detroit has already made in the secondary, there will be no rush to place a rookie into the starting lineup either.
Trey Flowers may be the single most important signing the Lions made this offseason, but I’m most optimistic about the secondary changes made this year.