Now that the smoke has settled regarding Brad’s work in free agency I can say one thing for certain:
The Lions are better.
What is the basis for this observation? It is unlikely ANY rookie will start for this team in 2023.
The ONLY exception is if we secure DT Jalen Carter and ONLY if Jalen gets his head out of his ass and shows up ready to work.
Think about that for moment. I am removing injuries from the equation and saying that minus an injury opening a door not one rookie will start a game for the Lions when the 2023 season starts. Wow. Unless Jalen Carter falls to us as that is the one weak spot on this roster.
We have holes and roster concerns. Can Tracy Walker play a box safety? Is Vaitai healthy and/or what does Glasgow have left? When will Moseley be ready to go? What does Marvin Jones have left?
Last season Hutch was a full time starter day one. Two years ago we added Sewell and Amon Ra who were starters day one. Also, Levi and Alim. Both starters day one. Amon Ra was a starter in 2021 but not immediately. In 2020 Jonah Jackson was a starter and so was Okudah.
Say we draft Tyree Wilson. Is he gonna beat out Romeo Okwara or John Cominsky day one? Hell, I expect Josk Paschal to come out swinging in 20233 too. My gut says nope, Tyree isn’t beating out those guys in 2023. Not day one. Say we drafty Peter Skoronski. Is he beating out Vaitai or Glasgow day one? My guess is no. ANY rookie WR beating out Marvin Jones or Jameson Williams day one? My gut says nope, not day one. What about Bijan Robinson? Is he beating out David Montgomery day one? I don’t think so but he would have a healthy role i what would be a KILLER 3 headed RB committee.
This draft really means BPA available for the Lions and it has been YEARS (hell, maybe never) when need played almost no role in draft decisions. Draft the kind of football character we need and the type of talent we need and let competition and experience sort out the battles. Wow. That is PROGRESS right there.
Holmes is likely adding 5 players that will be critical players over time in this draft and if he trades down he may pick up additional pieces. AND…Brad has a 5th and two 6th rd. picks as well I believe.
None of these rookies are likely to start in 2023 but all of them will be building blocks for the next 4/5 years and beyond if we are lucky.
With pick # 6 I would LOVE to see Peter Skoronski as a guy who can likely play 4 OL spots as a Lion. CB Witherspoon as a guy learning and pushing everyone? That would be awesome. I don’t see QB in 2023 as that creates a rift BUT damn, say we add a guy with #6? Let the battle begin. I am okay with that even if I don’t love that route. Adding Bijan at RB says we will field one ass kicker after another at the RB position. Good luck stopping us NFC North.
The one guy we are all talking about is Jalen Carter. And for a reason. It IS a need. It is also positional value. This represents BPA AND a team need. But is he Warren Sapp or he second coming of Nick Fairley?