After taking a look at the offense last week, it is now the defense’s turn. The Lions have seemingly been reconstructing the defense ever since Bob Quinn took over as general manager, and this past offseason has been no different. Regardless of the coaching staff and defensive philosophy, it is clear that some new talent is needed.
Detroit spent two of its top three picks on quality defensive talent, selecting cornerback Jeff Okudah and edge Julian Okwara. These prospects fit nicely with the free agent crop of Danny Shelton, Nick Williams, Jamie Collins Sr., and Desmond Trufant, and Jayron Kearse, as well as Duron Harmon, who came via trade. Of course, the biggest roster change of the offseason might have been losing Darius Slay, so these additions will need to fill a gap.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which position will be most improved on the Lions offense?
My answer: Even with adding Trufant and Okudah, it would take a lot for the cornerback group to significantly upgrade over last year without Slay. However, most other position groups seem like there is a clear path to improvement. I think defensive tackle will be a little better than last year, which is not saying much, and I think adding Harmon to an already decent safety group is a great addition as well.
The biggest impact will be seen in the front seven, though. Okwara is a legit talent and should give the Lions another pass rushing option, which was a huge weakness for the team last season. The linebacking corps should also be improved, with Jamie Collins providing some veteran experience and perhaps even some flexibility in terms of how players such as Jarrad Davis can be deployed. Even someone like Reggie Ragland can help this position take a good step forward in 2020.