On paper, Detroit has some serious talent at the skill positions for this season, but beyond 2020, the Lions will have to make some decisions—and some of those decisions begin as early as next month’s NFL Draft.
Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola formulate one of the more potent passing attacks in the NFL, but none of those players are under contract after this season. As for the tight end position, Detroit appears to be set atop their depth chart with T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.
Of course, one of the more popular topics of discussion this offseason has been Matthew Stafford and the No. 3 pick in the draft. Until Bob Quinn came out and asserted Stafford was the team’s franchise quarterback, rumors were persistent about Detroit’s interest in a quarterback like Alabama’s Tua Tagovaiola. After the signing of Chase Daniel, much to the chagrin of our own Kent Lee Platte, the quarterback position is likely set as well.
Kerryon Johnson’s two seasons in the NFL have been marred by injuries, and while him returning at the end of last season provides hope going into this year, the Lions need a contingency plan in case their lead runner is sidelined for any significant time for a third year in a row.
Which all leads us to today’s Question of the Day...
How early should the Lions draft a skill position?
With the third pick in the draft, Detroit is going one of two routes: Chase Young or Jeff Okudah. There’s no other player the team should consider with the third pick, but there’s always the possibility of them being wow’d by a team interested in moving up and nabbing the quarterback of their liking.
All that being said, it’s highly unlikely the team ends up with a skill position player as their first pick in the draft, but their second pick certainly could be a possibility. If Detroit trades back and ends up with an extra first round pick, how could you not entertain the thought of adding a wideout, one of the draft’s more talented positions? As far as running backs are concerned, Detroit could be faced with an interesting choice in the third round should one of the top running back talents like Jonathan Taylor or J.K. Dobbins slips their way.
Bottom line, if Detroit wants to shore up their skill positions, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if the team decided to start bolstering their wide receiver depth with their second pick, or even taking a running back on Day 2 with their third pick.