The Detroit Lions dove head-first into free agency, once again making some waves at the start of the new league year. As we have seen before, this does not always lead to improved results, but the front office clearly had some areas it wanted to address early on. Already there will be four or five new starters in 2020, and that number may continue to grow.
Even with all of the activity, there are still holes throughout the Lions’ roster. Halapoulivaati Vaitai will slide into the right tackle spot, but there is a still a need for a guard. The loss of Darius Slay is partially mitigated by Desmond Trufant, but across from him are a bunch of question marks. Danny Shelton, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon will all play important roles, but this defense needs a ton of improvement going forward.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the Lions’ biggest remaining need?
My answer: It may be obvious, but it is hard to ignore the glaring hole at CB2. Almost every analyst, both national and local, seems to be locking the Lions into Jeff Okudah at the third-overall pick, and that very well be the case on draft night. However, it does feel a little unsettling to put all of the Lions’ eggs in that one basket, since just about anything can happen during the draft. What if Chase Young falls to three? What if Detroit trades back and Okudah is no longer there? It would be comforting if the team went and signed another veteran corner, even if it was not an elite talent.
Running back and wide receiver both seem like needs as well, albeit on a smaller scale. Both could be addressed during the draft, but sometimes free agency can see slightly older players come at a nice discount. But aside from corner, I think the other big need is still for an edge rusher. The Lions need someone to compliment Trey Flowers and actually put some pressure on quarterbacks this season, especially if the secondary does not get another big name.