After Free Agency, the teams move on and are now focusing on the 2022 NFL Draft. This is the panorama of the Detroit Lions.
What are we left with this team?
It’s certainly the most optimistic outlook of any of the Top 3 teams in this Draft. Last season, the Lions finished last season tied with the Packers with an 11-5 record against bookmakers’ spread, second-best in the NFC behind only the Cowboys. This is just proof of how difficult it was to beat the Lions for most teams. Additionally, Dan Campbell was the second-highest value-added HC on fourth downs with his game-after-game decisions.
With a star-studded offensive line (Frank Ragnow, Penei Sewell, Jonah Jackson), the Lions have an interesting outlook. Furthermore, they had before their eyes the breakout of a playmaker as Amon-Ra St. Brown. On the defensive end is where they fell short, as only Charles Harris and Romeo Okwara played at a high level throughout the season. Jared Goff is one of the worst QBs in the NFL, with a up side too low, and that’s something they’ll potentially change as early as the first round of this draft.
Lions Free Agency
With most teams in the conference getting their foot in this NFC, the Lions were one of the groups that had the most improvement. PFF believes they improved 0.12 wins over replacement, making this a dream offseason for the Detroit team.
Among the extremely positive moves this team has made is bringing in CB Mike Hughes, who had an extraordinary season in 2021, posting 0.3 wins over replacement according to PFF and being Top 30 in many other stats. They also brought in WR DJ Chark, who can get his level back on this team and add value. Also, they brought back the EDGE Charles Harris and the S Tracy Walker. As icing on the cake, they had no relevant output
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Main needs by position
Quarterback: Success in today’s NFL is simply summed up as an elite QB. The Lions don’t have someone on their roster who can become that, with Goff being the second-lowest QB in shooting percentage. Big Time Throws with 2.3% according to PFF. In addition, he is the QB with the worst aDOT (Average Depth of Passes) with 6.8%. They need to go for their shot at an elite QB in 2022.
Linebacker: While the consensus on Alex Anzalone and Derrick Barnes is positive, it’s impossible to back that up with how much they go wrong analyzing snap after snap. Anzalone was the LB with the highest percentage of missed tackles in the entire NFL, by a wide margin, while Barnes was the LB with the most receiving yards allowed in the league.
Inside Defense: Alim McNeill was a contributor to this team, but the lack of playmakers at this position is the main reason the Lions were seventh in EPA for carries allowed.
Wide Receiver: Even though Amon-Ra St. Brown was one of the best WRs in the NFL in 2021, the Lions need someone else to complement him and have an above-average receiving corps.
Lions picks in the 2022 NFL Draft
The Lions have 9 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, with five in the top 100.
- 1st round: pick 2
- 1st round: pick 32 (via Los Angeles Rams)
- 2nd round: pick 34
- 3rd round: pick 66
- 3rd round: pick 97 (Compensation Pick)
- 5th round: pick 177 (Compensation Pick)
- 6th round: pick 181
- Round 6: Pick 218 (Compensation Pick)
- 7th round: pick 235 (via Cleveland Browns)
The possible picks of the Lions
EDGE Travon Walker – Georgia. A major risers of the entire Draft process, and deservedly being one of the best athletes. Him running 4.51 in the 40 yards, a vertical jump of 90 cm and the longest arms of the combine of 90.1 cm. The production isn’t there for Walker, but the NFL doesn’t care if you have the physique of this kid.
EDGE Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan. This player is Detroit’s second choice, as he is expected to go number one in the entire Draft. If the Jaguars go for the prospect mentioned above, Hutchinson is a automatic decision, he has spectacular intangibles, being the clear leader of Michigan, as well as athletic characteristics and spectacular production with a 25% pass rush win rate against his rival tackle. .
QB Desmond Ridder-Cincinnati. The most prepared QB in this class to play in the NFL and immediate response for any team that needs it. The Lions need to force a contest with Jared Goff immediately and Ridder is the option.
QB Matt Corral – Ole Miss. If we talk about playmakers Unlike Goff, Corral is the player. He is precise on every level, an incredible athlete and a great arm that has several people falling in love. There is much criticism of how little his college offense translates to the NFL, but the Lions can put him a year behind Goff and design an offense specifically for him.
DE/DI DeMarvin Leal – Texas A&M. Even though he had a bad year after a spectacular 2020, Leal is still someone who has a variety of moves to win inside the defensive line despite his poor display in the running game.
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This is how the Detroit Lions arrive at the 2022 NFL Draft