4 moves the Detroit Lions must make to help their defense this offseason
1. Draft Tyree Wilson and Christian Gonzalez
The Lions have added some notable talent in the last two drafts under general manager Brad Holmes. They have two first-round picks again this year, so there’s another nice opportunity coming to add top-end young talent
Texas Tech edge rusher Tyree Wilson would be a nice addition to go with Aidan Hutchinson. The Lions got some help toward the end of the season, as James Houston turning into a sack machine (eight in seven games). But you can never have too many capable edge rushers, and more pressure will make it easier on the secondary, Wilson is raw, but he has all the physical tools needed to be a star at the next level. Pro Football Focus credited him with 50 quarterback pressures this past season.
With their second pick in the first round, the Lions should have Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez on their radar if he’s still on the board. He had four interceptions and six pass breakups this past season. He has ideal physical traits for the cornerback position, and the Lions need help at that spot, perhaps more than anything else this offseason.
2. Sign linebacker Lavonte David
The Lions are in the top half of the league in cap space right now, and can create a lot more if they get creative. Their first move should be to sign David, who has played his entire career in Tampa Bay but will now be a free agent. He has been the leader of Buccaneers” defense awhile, and would provide the same for the Lions to go with his high level of production. that He would be a much-needed veteran presence who is still among the league’s elite at the position.