The Detroit Lions have a culture to change and gaps to fill in various areas of the team roster, but that didn’t stop the team’s new general manager from throwing some bait into the conversation Tuesday.
Brad Holmes covered a wide variety of topics during his session with reporters, recognizing the strength of the 2021 class in a variety of positions. Despite acquiring Jared Goff in a trade that will become official with the start of the new league year, Holmes didn’t shy away from talking about a quarterback.
“This draft class is a good class overall. There are some positions of strength,” Holmes said. … “I think the quarterback class is good this year. I like the crop of quarterbacks that are coming out in this year’s draft. Obviously, that’s always a very, very important position. When you’re picking In the top 10, I don’t think there’s really a position you can look further into … When you’re picking in the top 10, you better know each position, regardless of the circumstances you currently have on your list. “
The completion of the investigation on all positions is a valid point made by Holmes and a must for any effective chief of staff, but after adding Goff and a collection of selections in the deal that sent Matthew Stafford west, it would appear to be low on Detroit’s long list. of priorities. Foremost among them is the receiver, something coach Dan Campbell admitted Tuesday, but Holmes’s response certainly sounded like the Lions weren’t just overlooking the position because they found their immediate answer in Goff.
“The great thing about this year is that they are of different flavors,” continued Holmes. “You have the guy who can really do it all, he can do it from his pocket, do it with his legs; you have another guy who probably does it a little more with his legs, a little more being creative; there’s another guy That actually probably does. more from the pocket All the different flavors make it very intriguing in terms of when you’re looking through the entire scope of these quarterbacks’ class.
“We think back when you’re picking out the top 10 … you make sure you get to know the quarterback class thoroughly. I think, to be more elaborate, the intriguing part is that they have totally different genres and flavors. The good thing is. of (this) for the Lions is that Dan and coach (Anthony) Lynn, they’ve been very close in terms of visions, they’ve been clear in terms of when you look at the scheme and this and that and all those minute details, it’s’ OK , What do our players do better? ‘ and making sure our players are in the best position to be successful. So you take the same approach with quarterbacks and see what their super power is and is that super power the best the Lions is going to fit in? “
Frankly, the Lions need heroes elsewhere, but this would be an excellent attempt to increase the value of Detroit’s first-round pick, which ranks seventh overall. The Lions wouldn’t need to do as much to make their pick more valuable than it already is, especially with teams like New England, Washington, Chicago and Pittsburgh sitting behind them in first-round order and no long-term options at position. .
However, it could be a great opportunity to add more draft capital, and with the Lions entering the offseason with a need for a receiver, guard and safety (among depth needs elsewhere), they could use additional picks.