What position must the Detroit Lions upgrade this offseason?
Ahh, yes, the off-season when Detroit Lions fans hope goes on forever … until when you see a signature from Tyrell Williams, you look longingly at the Kenny Golladay jersey hanging over the corner of your dresser.
Few things are as well documented this off-season as the pressure on the salary cap across the league, and Lions are not going to get out of hand. In fact, the announcement of the release of Desmond Trufant, the contract restructuring of Jamie Collins and the aforementioned acquisition of Tyrell Williams are only signs of the future.
For a first-time general manager, Brad Holmes was already in a tough position to completely overhaul the defense – and, as you know, act the franchise’s greatest quarterback – but somehow the needs don’t end there.
This brings us to today’s question of the day …
What position do Lions need to improve this off-season?
Again, almost every position could be improved, with the exception of a few on the offensive: Taylor Decker’s left winger, Frank Ragnow’s middle position, and skill position players TJ Hockenson and D’Andre Swift are bankable starters – although both could take it, a bit deep behind to have.
Looking at the defense, Romeo Okwara’s imminent withdrawal largely threatens a defense that has struggled to generate a pass rush for years. Jamie Collins has the second level of defense, and that’s about it. After cutting Trufant, the Lions are really counting on both Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye to take big steps in 2021, but that doesn’t even match the need the team has for a nickel cornerback. Justin Coleman has had a roller coaster ride with the team in terms of his level of play and could well be a cap victim this off-season.
One position that strikes me and that needs to be completely revised is the security position. Duron Harmon is likely gone, Will Harris has struggled his first two seasons, and Tracy Walker … could be good? There is simply nothing in the Lions’ defensive backend that the team can rely on, and while the security position may not be as “important” as a large rush of people or a group of linebackers to attack and cover, it definitely needs to be will be improved this off-season.
It’s your turn.