Look across most NFL rosters and you can usually at least a few blue chip players. Whether a team drafted well or signed a big-time free agent, the NFL is built on creating parity.
One thing this season has made abundantly clear is the lack of talent the Lions have on defense. Even with a fully healthy 53-man roster, I’m not sure we’ve seen a defense this devoid of talent since 2009.
Today’s question is:
Do the Lions have any blue chip defenders?
My answer: Nope
Despite drafting in the top ten and signing expensive free agents, the Lions have no blue (or even red) chip talent on defense.
Let’s take a look at the top cap 2021 cap hits for the Lions defense:
- Trey Flowers: $19.9 M
- Desmond Trufant: $12.5 M
- Jamie Collins: $11.3 M
- Justin Coleman: $11 M
- Jeff Okudah: $7.6 M
That’s a whole lot of money for not much production.
I’m not sure there’s a single defender that could instantly start for another team. The closest would be Trey Flowers, and that would probably be scheme dependant.
If there’s a lasting impact Bob Quinn has on the Lions it’s leaving the cupboard completely bare on defense.