Lions Rumors: 3 Vikings to target at trade deadline

The Lions could benefit from a division rival selling by the October 31 mark
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2. Jordan Hicks, LB

The Lions aren't necessarily hurting badly at linebacker. But, Derrick Barnes has struggled just a bit. If he is asked to rush the passer, Barnes has been very good, and has even performed above average against the run. But, he gets in trouble if he drops into coverage. He's also missed five tackles, resulting in a 13.9 missed tackle percentage.

That's where veteran Jordan Hicks could come in. This season, Hicks has been outstanding in coverage and also strong in stopping the run. The Lions would be getting a versatile, do-it-all type of linebacker in Hicks who is having a phenomenal year thus far.

On the season, Hicks has 61 total tackles, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries (including one returned for a touchdown), and a forced fumble. He brought out his bag for the 2023 season, and it's a good thing, too, because he is in the final year of his current deal.

Hicks will turn 32 next summer, so this might be his last chance to earn another decent contract once this season is up. In Detroit, he could help orchestrate a few more big plays for the Lions defense that needs another dominant presence within their front seven.