What Detroit Lions fans have known pretty much since week 15 (some figured this out even earlier), is that former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was going to be the next head coach. After a failure to make the playoffs this past season, Jim Caldwell‘s time was up. It was officially announced this past Monday, and there was great rejoicing among One Pride Nation.
After years of mediocre success and playoff losses, the Lions are finally starting to put something together it seems. Bob Quinn was brought in to take this team to the next level and he feels that Matt Patricia is the one to do it.
He was officially introduced today at a press conference. He came looking more polished then he normally does on the Patriots sideline.
The 2017 NFL Draft has come to a close. How did the Detroit Lions do? Well, according to me, I think they did pretty well. Draft grades can be sort of misleading, because to truly grade them, you’d have look at their whole season of work, where they were picked, etc. But if I had to give a grade, I’d say a B.
General manager Bob Quinn addressed most needs in the draft, which were defense. Out of the Lions nine draft picks, only 3 were on offense. The linebacking corps definitely improved with the addition of first round pick out of Florida Jarrad Davis and 4th round pick Jalen Reeves-Maybin from Tennessee. He also added to a slightly deep secondary by drafting CB Teez Tabor and Jamal Agnew, though Agnew may be used more in special teams. Last year showed the depth, or lack thereof, with the Lions defense. This draft, I do believe, addressed some of it.
Offensively they took wide receiver Kenny Golloday, tight end Michael Roberts and quarterback Brad Kaaya. I’m most impressed with Michael Roberts. Glad to have an addition to the tight end group. Eric Ebron has been rather underwhelming, but if all goes well, Roberts will be a good blocking tight end, and also a reliable red-zone option.