The Detroit Lions Offseason
Best move of the Offseason: Trading Jeff Okudah
The Detroit Lions made a some quiet moves this offseason but probably their best was moving on from Jeff Okudah after a relatively underwhelming career as a Lion after being selected 3rd overall. It's rare that NFL teams draft busts are actually traded and while I wouldn't classify Okudah as a bust just yet as he continues to develop despite his injuries early in his career, it's always better to trade a player a year early rather than a year late and the Lions are certainly looking for greener pastures at the position.
The Top Draft Target(S)
#6 Christian Gonzalez (CB) University of Oregon
The Lions after trading away Jeff Okudah go after his replacement early on with the selection of Christian Gonzalez out of Oregon whom many deem to be one of the top two cornerbacks in the draft. Gonzalez is a much more polished cornerback prospect than Okudah was coming out and is the most pro ready defensive back in the draft he can come into the Lions defense and develop into a shutdown cornerback on the outside very quickly.
#18 Bijan Johnson (RB) University of Texas
The Detroit Lions despite their passing numbers last season lived and sometimes died with the ground game as it setup their highly successful play action passes and no running back in the draft would give defenses more terror coming at the trenches than Bijan Robinson. Nobody knows where Robinson is going to fall to but everyone is in agreement that he is one of the best running back prospects to come out of college since Saquon Barkley and may even be better. Sticking him in the backfield behind Jared Goff would give Lions fans flashbacks of Barry Sanders and surely make the highest rookie jersey seller very early on.