Now that the Lions have moved on from Damon Harrison Sr., analysis of the consequences for the 2020 offseason are rolling in. Lions Wire’s Erik Schlitt posted a breakdown of the salary cap effects of the release.
FWIW, $53.8 M in available cap space is currently 11th most in the NFL https://t.co/wydiG0d41R— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) February 21, 2020
$5m in dead money. Looking at the numbers from Over The Cap, frees up about $6.7M for 2020. https://t.co/nchM9aMVfO— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 21, 2020
In the eyes of the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett, defensive line is “clearly the biggest need at this point.” Whether the Lions address the nose tackle position in free agency or the draft, there are good options. Should they decide to go after a veteran free agent, basically the entire Pride of Detroit staff has thrown in with Houston’s D.J. Reader. There is a lot to like about the 25-year old former fifth-round pick, who according to Lions Wire’s Schlitt, would be “a perfect fit for this scheme.”
As for the draft, remember Auburn’s Derrick Brown? Before mock draft projections converged on Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah in mid-February, Brown was actually garnering about a third of the mock Detroit first-round picks near the end of January. Given yesterday’s news and the already rampant speculation of trade down scenarios with the Lions’ pick, expect mock draft projections to be thrown into chaos once more with Derrick Brown in the middle of it all.
I’ve said from the very beginning, I think they’d be tickled to death if they could trade back a few spots and take Brown https://t.co/Yk5e20LeNs— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) February 21, 2020
And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:
- Former Lions offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz wrote up some thoughts on the collective bargaining agreement fact sheet sent out by the NFL Players Association. Absolutely worth a read for anyone interested in what’s going on with the CBA.
- MLive’s Kyle Meinke noticed Russell Okung of the
San DiegoLos Angeles Chargers had something to say about the extended season in the CBA proposal. This is important because Okung is on the Executive Committee of the NFL Players Association.
As the NFL and NFLPA consider adding a 17th game, an essential thread from Okung: https://t.co/i6c3ekTY3t— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) February 21, 2020
Also, Richard Sherman from San Francisco is on the Executive Committee:
They couldn’t explain it when asked— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 21, 2020
- There are 16 new drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, and NFL.com’s Nick Shook wrote up a short description of each one. RASmaster Kent Lee Platte pointed out that one of the defensive back drills is named after former Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
- Depending on what happens with Danny Amendola this offseason (and Marvin Jones Jr., to be honest), the Lions may be in the market for a new wide receiver. If Kent’s Combine guide wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for pass catching prospect information, Pro Football Network’s Brad Kelly has a fun article Frankensteining the perfect wideout from the available draftees:
How do you build the perfect WR prospect for the 2020 #NFLDraft? How about this?— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) February 21, 2020
• Route Running of @jerryjeudy
• Speed of @__RUGGS
• Ball Skills of @_CeeDeeThree@BradKelly17 breaks it all down and builds the perfect WR.https://t.co/GejUbFSvYy
- Anthony Broome over at the Michigan SBNation site Maize n Brew posted a two round mock draft (created pre-Snacks news) that features a trade at the top of the draft. Pride of Detroit gave the seal of approval to the outcome of this mock.
- Pretty interesting time lapse graph by Sports Info Solutions’ Bryce Rossler:
Damon Harrison's 2019 regression in GIF form. Up and right are good. He was one of the best run-stopping DTs from 2016-17 and still made a jump in 2018, a season in which he played 17 regular season games. This helps you see both why the Lions extended him and why they cut him. pic.twitter.com/Q82Jh2ve65— Bryce Rossler (@btrossler) February 21, 2020