Detroit Lions: Will the 2021 NFL Draft be more of a potluck?

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The Detroit Lions may have done well in last month’s virtual draft, but how will they and the rest of the NFL handle what may be a potluck draft next year?

The Detroit Lions‘ virtual offseason is now in full swing, as the rookies are now being virtually indoctrinated along with the veterans. Perhaps we should call it offseason zoom sessions?

It’s a brave new world that we are trying to figure out and professional sports are definitely in scramble mode. The advantage the NFL has is that still have time on their hands before they need to attempt to hit the field.

The disadvantage is that there are no actual offseason workouts for players to get on the field together and build cohesiveness. There’s no real point to getting upset about it since there is no clear advantage any one team has over another.

Every team is now doing their own version of the virtual offseason. Is one version better than another? It’s hard to say at this point, but when next season does play out and the cream rises to the top, everyone will be interested in what those teams did to be successful.

For Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, this offseason is important. Just like next season will be important. Its make or break time for this regime. Win now or find new employment.

So far the offseason has gone about as well as we could ask for under the current circumstances. Free agency addressed some needs, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

And what Bob Quinn did in the draft is being hailed as his best work yet. It always takes a couple of years to really grade a draft accurately, but all signs are positive so far. The opinion of some is that perhaps Bob Quinn did enough for the Lions to contend in the NFC North.

Will they be able to win it? The odds are probably against them, but they should contend and another successful offseason could put them right in the mix for the division title. However, they may need to be more lucky than good to have a successful offseason next year.