Did Bob Quinn get it right this year?
The cherry on the top of the Lions’ free-agent frenzy, was completing a trade with the New England Patriots, another shocker right, to acquire safety, Duron Harmon, who is considered to have an opportunity to start this fall.
While the Lions do still need to add more pieces to the offensive and defensive line, this wasn’t a bad start from the theory of what they were getting. The addition of Collins brings a player that knows how to play this defense and has played well in it. Harmon is also familiar with Matt Patricia’s defense. And the acquisition of Trufant now opens the door a little more for the Lions to trade Darius Slay.
Finally, the acquisition of Chase Daniel gives the Lions a veteran backup signal-caller. Daniel has only started five games in his career going 2-3 in the process but is a heady veteran who could help in spot duty. However, if Stafford misses more than one or two games next season, then all bets are off.
So did Bob Quinn nail free agency? The book is out on that and there are questions to be answered, but Collins, Williams, and Shelton are all coming off of career seasons, can they continue to play at that level?
Trufant has been a quality player, while Vaitai hasn’t started consistently enough to truly know what the Lions have got. Harmon should feel comfortable in Matt Patricia’s defense and Daniel as already mentioned is a smart veteran, but let’s be honest, no one wants to see him on the field.
There are questions we won’t truly know the answers to until the season begins, but if volume alone means anything, then Bob Quinn has given himself a good start and put himself in a position to go whatever direction he wants in the draft.
Quite frankly, between the work they have done in free agency and the almost certainty that they will trade Slay, it seems like the smart money has to be on Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah to be the Lions first pick in the April draft, but that is a subject for another day.
At this point, we can say that Bob Quinn has addressed many needs, but the real question will be whether the Lions 2020 free agency class can fare any better than last year’s free agents.