The Detroit Lions‘ brass talked to the media on Wednesday during the NFL Scouting Combine. But their answers only left us with more questions.
When it comes to sharing information, the Detroit Lions are stingier than most. To say the Lions’ organization likes to play things close to the vest is an understatement.
So when we say that even though members of the Lions’ brass were interviewed by the media on Wednesday while taking part in the NFL Scouting Combine, it should come as no real surprise to find out we were left with more questions than answers.
Let’s dive into those open topics in today’s version of headlines.
Although it seems like this would be an easy decision for Detroit, clearly it’s not. The 31-year old Lang is scheduled to cost the Lions $10.7 million against the salary cap in 2019. And he’s missed a whopping 13 games in the past two seasons due to injury. Yet, Lang is also a Pro Bowl-level talent when healthy and obviously Detroit feels they may be unable to replace him.
And those lingering doubts about production appear to extend to Ansah as well. Despite dropping a cool $17.1 million on Ziggy last season via the franchise tag, Detroit only got seven games and 4.0 sacks out of the premier pass rusher in 2018. Even still, the Lions are considering re-signing the injury-plagued edge rusher because of just how few great ones are available.
At this point, general manager Bob Quinn is smart to keep all of his options open. And yes, that means possibly drafting a tight end or quarterback with the eighth overall selection. The Lions certainly have a need for a quality tight end. And if Detroit feels there is a rookie worthy of that spot, then the Eric Ebron’s of the past shouldn’t stop them. As for a quarterback …
I don’t think anyone believes the Lions would actually pull the trigger on a quarterback with their high first rounder. All the talk is likely keeping the door open for a possible draft day trade. Especially if passers start coming off the board early. The Lions simply have too much invested in quarterback Matthew Stafford at the moment. And honestly, is there a college player better than Stafford?
You know the bad news. Let’s look at the good. Detroit is chock-full of young players who stepped up in 2018. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and rookies like running back Kerryon Johnson and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand just to name a few. That youth movement in the Motor City should translate to more wins in 2019.