As we edge closer to free agency and re-signing our own guys and maybe even grabbing a few new guys I though it best to look at this secondary closer. We all know the DT need on the DL and no one is counting on Levi O. again. He is as likely to never play again as be a contributor ro the DL rotation. If Jalen Carter is gone this draft becomes tough for the Lions.
With that in mind here are our CBs for 2023:
Jerry Jacobs, Jeff Okudah and Chase Lukas. AO is likely gone and Mike Hughes is likely gone too.
At Safety we have:
Kerby Joseph (a REAL find!), Iffy and Tracy Walker.
There is work to be done there. Tracy Walker is the real wild card here. 28 in February, signed for two more years but injured in September. July puts him 10 months removed from this awful injury. How might we play him? What position might he play? To me Campbell is silly if he moves Kerby. Still a nice problem to have overall.
There is work to be done. I really hope we re-sign DeShon Elliott as he is a viable strong safety.
Might we sign a free agent or two? Yep. I have zero idea what Brad is thinking of course. But I hope Brad goes young and cheap in the secondary outside signing Elliott.
I am looking at these young CBs and thinking I am seeing value at almost every pick we are likely to make. This is a DEEP CB draft, but esp. in the first two rounds. To me I hope Brad weighs CBs V. available player and if Brad does that I think we would be really, really smart to draft two CBs in the 1st two rounds. I have serious concerns about Okudah and like Swift I am likely to let them both walk in 2024:
PFF CB Rankings
DT gives me pause and Jalen Carter isn’t making it past me. But after that? I flirted with Bojon in rd. 1 but I just don’t like the value overall. I like DT Bresee and I might consider him at 18 but damn, if a better CB is there at 18 that might be a tough call for me.
I am really liking Devon Witherspoon with our top pick right now. PFF describes his playstyle as DOG!
After that you have Gonzalez, Cam Smith (maybe my pick at #18…instincts), Joey Porter, Ringo (elite speed for a CB with that size) and many others that should all be day one or day two picks…and there is also Brian Branch too. What a GREAT secondary draft! The same can be said for safety with at least three VERY likely day two picks that will put Elliott (if re-signed) and Iffy on notice too. JL Skinner is a guy I like with the Vikes pick. Jammie Robinson looks like a really good prospect too. ALSO…we might start most of the IL position group s I really like Sydney Brown too (maybe my favorite safety and he may have better instincts than Skinner and he is fast…and he also played box safety). Jordan Battle looks like a damn fine safety as ell:
PFF Safety rankings
To me Holmes has an opportunity to solve the secondary short and long-term right now. Give me two CBs with our first 4 picks AND a safety as these three picks will give us our deepest secondary ever. Jerry Jacobs and Okudah are on notice as is Elliott and Walker.
If we take two CBs in rd, 1 I don’t expect either to start but we have long-term affordable upside. With a re-signed safety in Elliott and a 2nd or 3rd round safety that position group looks EXCELLENT. Affordable with options as Walker and Elliott would be on vet contracts but not for stupid $.
Take advantage of the stupid RB depth and wait until rd. 5 for a really great value RB at that point. Als, wait for G/C depth too as there is likely solid depth there as well.
Say we draft Witherspoon, Sam Smith and say Safety Sydney Brown…that to me would be outstanding. Value there except at #6. Our 2nd rd. pick is a head scratcher BUT…DT may look really good at that point. I am really starting to like DT Karl Brooks at that point. Bowling Green, from Lansing and he fits a need with a profile that is exciting.
Here is a mock draft I just completed on Fanspeak that I feel pretty good about:
6: R1 P6 CB Devon Witherspoon - Illinois
18: R1 P18 CB Cam Smith - South Carolina
48: R2 P17 DL Karl Brooks - Bowling Green
55: R2 P24 S Sydney Brown - Illinois
81: R3 P18 LB Daiyan Henley - Washington State
154: R5 P18 RB Evan Hull - Northwestern
183: R6 P6 C Ricky Stromberg - Arkansas
194: R6 P17 QB Max Duggan - TCU