My off the cuff responses before I read the smarter people’s…
Derrick Barnes or Levi Onwuzurike make the Year 2 jump?
-Derrick Barnes. Our LBs need the help more…
*Jameson plays before November or D’Andre Swift plays at least 16 games?
-Swift plays 16. I think Jameson is a long-term play; we need Swift right now to be our best. Jameson’s production this year is gravy in my book.
Jared Goff… starting in 2023 or T.J. Hockenson has a career season?
-Goff. QB is most important position; makes everyone better. If the targets are spread out between everyone, it is AOK for me.
Lions fall just short of the playoffs / second overall pick?
-Just short of the playoffs. I would much rather see big improvement than another tank year. I think it would be better for our long term success.
Secondary or defensive front gets figured out?
-Probably defensive line, although I would be happy with either. I think D-line just makes everyone else better when they are excellent.
Dan Campbell aggressive or Aaron Glenn gets defense to average?
-Defense to average. Aggression is fun, better defenses win games.
Offensive line or Romeo Okwara?
-O-line. It would make the whole offense hum. We can generate some pash rush outside of Romeo.
Kerby Joseph or Malcolm Rodriguez?
-Rodriguez. We need much better LB play, and I would be fine if our two current ‘starters’ at safety held their jobs (and stayed healthy).
Onwuzurike over Barnes. Getting pressure and disruption along the defensive front is key for our defense, plus I want to see Levis “Fuck People Up”. I also think Barnes is going to be better no doubt, but like Deandre Levy, he breaks out in year three.
Swifty over Jamo. Having Swift for 16 games is huge for our balance of attack. Getting Jameson in November will be a real shot of juice for this team only a couple weeks after the Bye. I think our other WR’s, TE’s and RB’s can carry the load before the rookie get’s on board.
Goff over Hockenson. This is the season we need to know what we truly have with Jared. I’m fully on board with wanting him to succeed and stay. QB is the most important position and it would be fantastic to feel settled at that position…but they still need to draft another QB to push him or take over in case of injury. I am not excited about our backups. Hockenson will get his grabs and move the chains, hopefully he converts his red zone targets when those opportunities arrive. I do think there are more options in the Red Zone than we have seen in the past…especially if Swift is healthy at least16 games.
Fall Short of Playofffs over 2OA. This was the easiest one. Wins are way more important than draft selection. Shit…last year people were pissed that we lost the 1OA spot instead of winning. Still got Hutch @2OA…Thank You Jacksonville!
Dline or Secondary get settled first…this one was my toughest. I have to go Dline. Foundationally I am a believer that it all starts in the trenches. If our defensive front settles in it will make things easier for our LB’s and secondary. I do want to see our Secondary settle in, but it may take another draft to get that done.
Defense going from Bottom to average is a huge jump…definitely taking that over Dan being aggressive. He was so over the top aggressive last year on fourth down that I just don’t see a repeat. I like aggressiveness…but hopefully our O improves under Ben that it won’t be nearly as prevalent.
Offensive line over Okwara. OK this was the easiest. An entire units success over an individual is an easy call.
Malcom over Kerby. This was probably the one I liked least, because I have to pick one players success over another one on the same side of the ball. We need better safety play and I think Kirby is key from a playmaking perspective. However I do think he has heavier competition for the starting spot than Malcom. Malcom in the Middle is starting sooner than Kirby.
I’m really excited about Jameson. I’m curious how they handle him in camp. My understanding is that if he practices during camp, he can’t go on the PUP. I want him to get his development time in, but I also want him to heal fully so not to impact him long term.