GM Kody is back at it again and this time we will be fixing the Detroit Lions. The Lions are the power brokers in this years draft because they hold the key to Tua Tagovailoa. There will be many teams vying to trade up for the number three overall pick in order to take the quarterback from Alabama. During this mock off-season I pull of that trade and I also make some other significant roster moves that should get this team back into contention in the NFC North.
The only player I can conceivably see the Lions cutting this off-season would be wide receiver Marvin Jones. Jones is a solid number two but cutting him can free up $6.5 million in cap space. In a deep receiver draft cutting Jones is a smart move.
The lines have a few core guys they can re-sign this off-season. Graham Glasgow is a solid interior lineman and should be retained if possible. Keeping him paired with a great player in Frank Ragnow and potentially adding another lineman later in the off-season could make this a good group. Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse is a great locker room guy and could serve as the third or fourth option if he is retained. Tight end Logan Thomas is still developing and could be an intriguing option behind T.J. Hockenson, so the Lions should retain him. The last player they need to retain is defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. Robinson is a solid starter and with their other players at the position aging it is key for the Lions to bring him back, it may cost them though.
There are a couple of players I like in free agency for the Lions. The first is Andrus Peat assuming New Orleans lets him go. He is an above average guard and would upgrade the Lion’s line and help keep Matt Stafford healthy. The next player is Aaron Lynch. Lynch is a big edge and head coach Matt Patricia loves those type of players. He would fit in with what they currently have at the position and provide good depth.
The NFL Draft
To start things off I traded the number three pick to the Colts for their number 13, number 34, and number 142 picks. So the lions move down 10 spots but grab an early second rounder and an extra fifth rounder. When we got to pick 13 I hated the board for them so I traded again. This time I traded number 13 to the Seahawks for number 27 and number 59. So, basically I turned the number 3 pick into four picks. That was my final trade and here is how the draft sorted out for the Lions.
Round 1 Pick 27: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Round 2 Pick 34: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Round 2 Pick 35: Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
Round 2 Pick 59: Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Round 3 Pick 67: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Round 4 Pick 99: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
Round 5 Pick 131: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Round 5 Pick 142: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Round 5 Pick 154: Myles Bryant, CB, Washington
Round 6 Pick 162: Calvin Throckmorton, OL, Oregon
If the Lions can pull off a haul similar to that they should be thrilled. I see at least four instant starters in that group with Henderson, Reagor, Davis, and Duvernay. Lewis has huge potential as does Davis-Gaither. This could be a turning point for Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn.
If the Lions don’t hit this off-season out of the park you can guarantee that next season they will clean house and be rebuilding all over again.