There are a lot of ways a football team can improve in the offseason. They can overhaul a coaching staff, improve the facilities, make a blockbuster trade, or knock the NFL Draft out of the park.
Perhaps the easiest way, however, is through free agency. Teams are able to dictate terms more easily in free agency, and the pool of players is a more known commodity than the NFL Draft. There’s plenty of tape out there, so it simply becomes a case of determining value and cost.
For the Detroit Lions, they will need to examine all avenues of improvement after a hugely-disappointing 2019 season. They’ve already made some coaching changes, and with the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they’ll have an opportunity to make a splash there.
But before we even get there, free agency must take place, and the Lions will have to make some interesting choices: improve an area of weakness through the draft or do it through free agency? So today’s Question of the Day is:
What need do you want to see the Lions address in free agency, specifically?
My answer: Obviously, the Lions want to address every possible need they can in free agency. The best way to approach free agency is to build your roster to a point where you don’t have to draft a specific position, because the guy you like may not be there when you’re on the clock.
But if we’re talking about the highest priority position that would be best filled by a current NFL player than a rookie, I think we’ve got to talk about nose tackle. I’ve been saying it all offseason, but D.J. Reader should be this team’s primary target in free agency. The release of Damon Harrison Sr. leaves a huge hole on the roster, and we’ve seen how drastically important a run stuffer up the middle is for this defense.
While the Lions could certainly go the draft route to fill this role, be it with Derrick Brown or a later-round prospect like Leki Fotu, with such an important role to fill, why not get a more-known commodity like Reader or Marcell Dareus?