Whatever the Detroit Lions want to do come draft day, should involve anything but trading up for receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson. He’s a phenomenal talent, there’s no questioning that, but the Lions are not simply one receiver away from granting fans the luxury of a Super Bowl. Detroit will have to give up additional picks to trade up; it isn’t worth it.
The Lions are like Swiss cheese; they have many holes than just one at the receiver position. They need a cornerback, a linebacker, a defensive end (possibly) and just an overall defense. This draft is deep in cornerbacks and receivers; why should Detroit sacrifice picks in the later rounds for potential starting players, just to draft a receiver — something they can also obtain in the later rounds. Over six of the Lions’ losses last year came from blown leads in the fourth quarter. They had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. They had a defense that couldn’t apply a sufficient amount of pressure. It’d be great if they kept their tenth pick and drafted someone like Justin Gilbert or Anthony Barr to give this squad some intimidation to emit. It’d also be great if they had more picks in the later rounds to invest into the defense.
Much of Detroit’s problems last year were from a lack of discipline and fundamentals, which came from an arrogant coach like Schwartz, refusing to acknowledge these issues. That will change now. Jim Caldwell has a commanding presence, one that demands players step up and have accountability. The silly fumbles, dropped passes, and bad decision-making on all accounts will improve. Detroit’s offense has stars like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and other complimentary pieces such as Golden Tate, Joique Bell, and Brandon Pettigrew. To go and trade up just to acquire a talented receiver, in this draft which possesses starters in the later rounds, is absurd.
With Johnson, Bush, and others, a decent receiver should be able to suit up and contribute. It wouldn’t take a star player to sponge off of the Lions’ talented offense. Caldwell and his staff will improve this offense and team on all accounts. With discipline and structure, Detroit can surpass any obstacle.
Surely the Lions still need another receiver, but it doesn’t have to be Watkins. This draft has many capable receivers that’ll be available, giving Detroit a chance to sure up their offense without having to lose picks. We are talking about losing more picks to draft more defensive help, and help at other positions, all for a receiver that isn’t necessarily needed. That just isn’t smart.
Don’t draft Watkins; trading up isn’t worth losing extra picks. If the Lions want a receiver, take Mike Evans at tenth overall; trading up and losing other picks and missing chances to get contributors with them is ridiculous. Detroit has enough talent on offense; a raw receiver picked up in this draft would be able to do a fine job, especially with Johnson, Bush, and others. The Lions need a defense; too many leads were blown last year at crucial times. This draft is flooded with late-round starters; Detroit should capitalize on this opportunity with every pick they have.