An Argument to Draft Sharrif Floyd... Really

The Lions are on the clock.  Joeckel and Fisher are gone, as are Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah.  Nightmare scenario, right?  While I'm sure Lane Johnson, and potentially Dee Milliner, would draw consideration in this case, it's doubtful either player would be at the top of the Lions' board.  Following their preached and practiced BPA (best player available) strategy, Sharrif Floyd could possibly be the pick.  I will now explain why this could be a great idea.

Obviously, there is the argument about replacing Suh in the future since we will be unable to afford him.  This, however, is not the reason I would like the pick.  Last year, Gunther Cunningham experimented with a front of Corey Williams, Sammie Lee Hill, Suh, and Fairley.  With Avril out of town and Jason Jones being named the new starting left end, it's clear that the Lions are looking for a different type of player on the outside.  Jones has positional versatility, size, length, and solid inside penetrating ability.

Enter Sharrif Floyd, who resides in the top three on most big boards right now.  He has played end and tackle, and is a relentless penetrator who is also strong against the run.  With Floyd at right end, the Lions starting front would consist of, essentially, four versatile and extremely athletic defensive tackles.  They could rotate positions pre-snap, and run various stunts to maximize potential mismatches.  This line would absolutely crush the pocket, while being much more effective against the run.  The addition of Floyd would also help with the Lions' constant D-line substitutions, as he and Jones have the ability to play inside to spell Suh and/or Fairley, while Willie Young and others come off the bench.  Imagine the freedom the linebackers would have behind a 1,175 pound D-line.   

With all of the strategic evolution happening on the offensive side of the ball these days, it would be pretty awesome to see the Lions roll out something this innovative on the defensive side.  Am I nuts?  Probably, but let me know what you think in the comments. 

Free Agency Frenzy

I have to admit, I am riding high on Lions optimism right now after just reading that Glover Quin is officially on the team.  Today is a big day for Lions fans, and it's time to drink the Kool-Aid yet again.

Unlike last year with a single, unimpressive free agent pickup (Jacob Lacey), Mayhew and the Lions backed up their intent of being selectively aggressive this time around.  I'll give some brief thoughts on today's signings below.

Chris Houston:  I was thrilled to see we were able to re-sign Houston at a reasonable rate (looks like around $5M a year).  He was the only decent member of the secondary last year and was likely the Lions' highest priority UFA.  I'm hoping we can add another corner, but it's looking like the draft may be the place for that.

Jason Jones:  I like the fit, I like the versatility.  I liked him coming out of Eastern Michigan, and see him spending the majority of his time in Kyle Vanden Bosch's vacant spot on the strong side.

Reggie Bush:  Ok, I was wrong.  I really didn't think this was going to happen.  Offering him the starting job was likely the kicker here, and I'm still waiting to see the numbers.  I'm hoping it's going to be a significant timeshare with Leshoure to keep him fresh, but Bush definitely adds playmaking ability-- and will hopefully be able to exploit all the nickel defenses we face thanks to Calvin.

Glover Quin:  I was waiting to see what happened with Quin before getting too excited, and seeing Schefter's tweet made my day.  Quin is a great cover safety and has started every game for the past three years.  I've always been a Delmas fan, but there's a lot to be said about player availability.  There is still a need for another safety, but Mayock calls this draft's the best safety class in a decade.

Draft Season

It is every Lions fans' favorite time of year again.  Our win-loss record has been wiped clean, and we feel a hint of hope as we look forward to yet another early selection.  While Mayhew's fate will be decided more by the development of previous draft picks this season than what happens next month, the Lions eight consecutive losses to close out last season have put them in a position to select an instant contributor.

As is the case with any team selecting in the top five that has an established quarterback, there are a litany of needs and a lot of debate regarding which are most pressing.  Obviously, the great majority of these questions will remain until the free agency period has come and gone.

If I'm the Lions, right now, the top of my board looks like this:

  1. Eric Fisher
  2. Luke Joeckel
  3. Ziggy Ansah
  4. Dee Milliner
  5. Dion Jordan
  6. Chance Warmack

If Mayhew manages to screw up this draft, which is deep in essentially every area of need for the Lions, it would be definitive proof that he is not capable of running an NFL franchise.  As far as I'm concerned, the Lions should grab one of the elite O-linemen up top, and then focus primarily on safety, defensive line, and corner for the remainder of the draft.

A final note: I know the notion of Reggie Bush in Detroit is getting a lot of fans and writers excited, but it's simply not going to happen.  He wants to play for a contender, in a large/flashy market, and be a lead back.  Which one of those sounds like it would be possible in Detroit?