Now that the first wave of free agency is over, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of the Lions’ true needs. The need for a cornerback (or two) remains after replacing Darius Slay with Desmond Trufant. Adding Jamie Collins Sr. and Nick Williams gives the Lions a bit more juice in the pass rushing phase, but they still need plenty of extra help across the D-line.
That means, Chase Young and Jeffrey Okudah are still likely the top two targets for Detroit with their first pick. Adding safeties Duron Harmon and Jayron Kearse, along with Jamie Collins could mean that Isaiah Simmons is off the board for the Lions. And adding Halapoulivaati Vaitai as their starting right tackle likely means that offensive tackle is no longer an option in the top-10.
With that in mind... Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is your worst case scenario for the Lions in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft?
My answer: I’m picturing a scenario where Chase Young is gone, but Jeffrey Okudah is on the board by the time the Lions are on the clock. Instead of simply taking the second-best defensive prospect in the draft, the Lions decide to trade back with the Dolphins for the fifth overall pick, thinking there’s no way the Giants are selecting Okudah, right? We can get him at five and add some extra picks in the process. Sweet!
As the Giants are on the clock, they receive a phone call. It’s from the Carolina Panthers. Putting their faith in their new quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, the Panthers trade up from seventh to fourth not for a QB, but to address their gaping hole in the secondary. With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select... Jeffrey Okudah.
The Lions are now on the clock with the fifth overall pick, but lost out on the Young/Okudah sweepstakes. At that point, they’re either forced to trade back a second time or take either a wide receiver or linebacker/safety hybrid.