The Lions have got to know whether they can sign guys like Glasgow and A’Shawn or not. If not, then those 2 positions go right to the top of the list. Then there are others, like Amendola, Okwara, Wilson, Melvin, Ford, McKissic, Driskel, Daniels, Wiggins, Killebrew, Logan Thomas, Virgin, and Muhlbach. Many of these guys are close to the minimum and could be replaced without a significant hit to the cap. Some like Daniels will have to take a pretty big pay cut, or they may sign elsewhere and have to be replaced. Kevin Strong seemed to be doing a decent job as a backup DT before he got hurt.
Then there’s Decker and Wagner, do the Lions keep these guys and pay the $10 mil for Taylor and close to $12 mil for Wagner? Wagner is currently in the concussion protocol program; his dead money is $5.8 mil next year and $2.9 mil on 2021, that’s a lot of money to give away for nothing. If I’m the Lions, I do not sign a big money OT, I draft one early if a guy is there that’s worth it. Frankly, I do bot have a a lot of faith in Crosby; he’s okay I guess as a backup though.
How good is Austin Bryant going to be? Good enough? Who knows? I expect him to be activated by this weekend or the next, so maybe we’ll finally see him play. But what’s his ceiling, how good is he going to get next year and the year after? For sure the Lions have to get a better pass rush, but maybe they need an interior rusher more than a DE.
Is Slay going to be here next year? How good is Okuwariye going to be? Hard to say, the guy’s been hurt so much. I don’t know that you can get a CB as good, although Slay seems to be missing a few more games due to injury, and he can’t keep his mouth shut. Plus, I don’t know that he’s playing as good as he once did. Wouldn’t surprise me if they draft a CB next year. What was the name of that Bears CB that they cut and we signed, some years back? The guy did a pretty good job back there.
If it’s me, I keep McKissic and Driskel. I’d rather sign an FA RB than draft one, although I can see doing that later in the draft. I just think they have too many other needs. RBBC has to be the right approach, I don’t think you want to tie up a lot of cap space or a high draft pick in an RB that isn’t going to be your bell cow. And the jury is still out on Driskel, one game ain’t enough to be making any judgments. He’s got his faults, that’s why he ain’t a starting NFL QB but you are not going to get somebody that good in FA and probably not for at least 1 year or two if you draft a QB. IMHO, anther case of a day 3 pick if they go that way.