Lions roar became a meow, change coming
Confused by what happened to Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the offensive minded Detroit Lions this season? Well, you’re not alone…
Many experts believed there might be a bit of a setback for the Lions who in 2011 had a record of 10-6 and experienced their first winning season since 2000 and 10-win season since 1995.
After a their first playoff berth since 1999, the Lions roar became a meow. Finishing 4-12, the Lions own the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL draft which is their third top-five pick in five years.
The Lions have 24 unrestricted free agents including Cliff Avril, Justin Durant, DeAndre Levy, Louis Delmas, Chris Houston, Amari Spievey and Gosder Cherilus.
Last offseason, the Lions reportedly offered defensive end Cliff Avril, who was coming off a monster 2011, a three-year deal worth $30 million that was turned down.
Justin Durant had the best season of his career and could find a respectable payday elsewhere.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch had only 3 1/2 sacks, his worst season since 2009, and didn’t live up to expectations.
The Lions must find a defense to contend. It’s obvious the explosive offense can only get you so far. They need starters at cornerback and safety, and could have needs at defensive end and linebacker depending on what happens in free agency.
According to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in a teleconference earlier this month that no defensive back is worthy of a top-five pick. But ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranks four pass rushers among its top six players: Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (No. 1), Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore (No. 2), Georgia defensive end/outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (No. 5) and LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (No. 6).