2. Detroit Lions
Again, this one has some of the foundation sitting with the amount of draft capital. The Lions have picks 6, 18, 48, 55, and 81 on the first two days of the 2023 NFL Draft. That is a plethora to finish up filling the holes and finding value across the board to boost a team that can potentially win the NFC North.
The elephant in the room is quarterback. Yes, Jared Goff has been solid, but eventually, the Lions have to find that guy to truly elevate themselves into the “win the Super Bowl” conversation. Could C.J. Stroud get them there, operating behind a phenomenal offensive line and distributing to Amon-Ra St. Brown, taking shots down to Jameson Williams, and (hopefully) finding a quality tight end to target? He could! Is it worth swinging on Anthony Richardson? It could be, and he could get a year to sit like several in the draft sphere believe he needs.
If they don’t look quarterback and roll with Goff, two helpful players on defense are what’s been the consensus. Devon Witherspoon is an insanely popular pick that would help flip an attitude switch on defense. Jalen Carter could gel well up front with Alim McNeill, Aidan Hutchinson and company. If they want an edge like Myles Murphy or Lukas Van Ness with more size and power, that’s a direction that could happen.
Then there’s the wild card. There has been talk about the offensive tackle run starting earlier than expected. Could Detroit grab Peter Skoronski to fill out their guard spot and be an emergency tackle? We can’t rule anything out. If not, though, O’Cyrus Torrence at 18 isn’t egregious either.
Looking beyond round one, there will be others to target. Cody Mauch could be their guy at guard. Jalin Hyatt would further energize the receiver room, as would a Sam LaPorta or Luke Musgrave.
There’s so much the Lions can do to get better across the board, and it could be the draft we look back on and praise Brad Holmes and company.