The style of defense Patricia runs needs CBs who can cover in man to man and safeties who are disciplined. To that end the Lions made their secondary moves. Are we in better shape?
We still have not replaced Melvin (and hell, DJ Hayden in 2018). But the Lions do have Amani Oruwariye who has skills, Justin Coleman and Jamal Agnew.
I have been penciling CB Jeffery Okudah to the Lions for a while now. And even if the Lions pass on a CB early the draft likely will yield a CB in rd. 2 and there are some talented CBs that should be there at that point.
Is this secondary better at this point? I looked at Charles Tillman for example…a second rd. pick of the Bears years back who started 13 of 16 games as a rookie. A top rookie who is a scheme fit should be able to start and play credible outside snaps. If the Lions draft Okudah (a move I expect) is that a credible starting player in year 1?
What if we start Trufant, Okudah, Justin Coleman with Amani, Jamal Agnew and say Tony McRae/Mike Ford with safeties Harmon, Will Harris, Tracy Walker, Jayron Kearse and CJ Moore with Killibrew there too as a special teamer and depth safety and LBer? Is that an upgrade over 2019?
We had Diggs, then all the same safeties…and Slay and all the same CBs outside Okudah but with Rashaan Melvin. Is that an upgrade?
I think in this scheme the answer is yes. As long as we get that credible #2 CB in either Okudah OR maybe a different 2nd rd. CB like A.J. Terrell for example.
AND…the Lions have an extra 3rd rd. pick for Slay as the 5th for Diggs roughly became Harmon, a trade I am totally cool with. I think Harmon will be a better fit here. I also think we will play a LOT of 3 safety defenses going forward.
So Slay becomes Trufant, Diggs becomes Harmon, Melvin maybe becomes Okudah and the rest of the secondary from 2019 basically stays the same. Is that progress? Oh and we have an extra 3rd for those efforts. Is that better? Is that progress?