2022 Offseason could be the turning point for the Lions.
Bring back – Josh Reynolds and Charles Harris
Wide receiver is an area that has needed addressing over the last two seasons. The Lions look like they have hit with 2021 4th round draft pick Aman-Ra St.Brown. The group is still quite weak, but Josh Reynolds flashed for the Lions after being picked up in November after the Titans waived him. In 7 games, Reynolds put up 306 yards from 19 receptions and scoring 2 touchdowns. Reynolds would be a cheap option for the Lions and would be a solid WR3. If the Lions stick with Goff for another season, it would be good to bring back a target he is familiar with.
Charles Harris had a bumpy road since being drafted 22nd by the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 draft. In 2021 Harris became a free agent, with the Lions picking him up on a one-year deal. Harris had a good stretch of games in 2021, finishing the season with 7.5 sacks, 16 QB hits and 52 QB pressures. Harris will be chasing a nice payday for himself, after putting up those numbers. The fact the Lions took a chance on him and he finally found himself consistency, could be a big reason for him to stay in Detroit.
Bring in – Colt McCoy and Chris Harris
We don't know what the Lions are going to do with Jared Goff. Weather they stick with him or look elsewhere, the Lions will need a better back-up QB. Tim Boyle and David Blough are hitting free agency, but wouldn't be bringing both back, if either. Colt McCoy has bounced round the league as a backup over the last few seasons. At the Cardinals last season, McCoy came in for the injured Kyler Murray and did a good job, winning 2 of the 3 games he started. He's not flashy but he is a solid backup whichever route the Lions go down.
With The Lions corner back room lacking experience, it would be wise to look for an old head to come in and do a job. Armani Oruwariye has been steady over the last few seasons. Undrafted Jerry Jacobs looks to have something about him, but went down injured. 2020 1st round selection Jeff Okudah has struggled, but didn't even manage a full game in 2021 thanks to an achilles injury. Chris Harris will be 33 when the season starts and not coming off the best of seasons with the Chargers. He would be low cost and would be a great head in this young and potentially talented CB room.
Round 1 Pick 2 – Aidan Huthinson, DE, Michigan
The home state hero is the pick for Detroit at number 2. If Dan Campbell was going to draw up a pass rusher that suited his team, it would be Aidan Hutchinson. A powerhouse with a never ending motor, the Michigan man will be a menace to offensive lines across the NFL. He's not just all power, he is flexible and offers an arsenal of pass rushing moves. With Trey Flowers a potential cut candidate, Hutchinson wouldn't be a bad replacement if they go down that route.
Round 1 Pick 32 – David Bell, WR, Purdue
As mentioned earlier, the Lions need to get better at receiver. Ive seen a few people low on David Bell, but I'm a believer. He will not burn past you with speed, but he is a good route runner with the ability to beat you with double moves and work leverage. He also loves working in crowded areas and is excellent in contested catch situations. A great compliment to St-Brown going forward for the Lions.
Round 2 Pick 34 – Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
Although the Lions showed signs of improvement under Campbell, they are still picking 2nd for a reason. They still have a lot of work to do on improving this team. Linebackers Alex Anzalone and Jalen Revves-Maybin did relatively well in the middle linebacker positions. Both guys are FA and could be brought back. Potentially upgrading in that area is a choice here with what's on the board. Chad Muma is a 3 down linebacker who can stuff runs and also plays coverage well. If a good safety is on the board here, that would be an option too.
Round 3 Pick 66 – Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Selecting two wide receivers in the first 4 picks shows how the position looks. Christian Watson had a fantastic Senior Bowl that shot him up draft boards. If he is still around in the early 3rd round, it seems a no brainer for the Lions. Watson would give them a vertical threat, but also can make plays in contested situations.
Round 3 Pick 97 – Yusuf Corker, S, Kentucky
Yusuf Corker is a real sleeper in this safety class. He has played mostly down in the box at Kentucky, but has seen snaps in other positions including free safety. Corker would be best suited to the strong safety position, but has potential in other areas. With the SS position up in the air for Detroit, he could potentially challenge for a starting job.
Round 5 Pick 177 - Jordan Williams, DT, Virginia Tech
The defensive line has certainly seen its investment in the 2021 draft with Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike. Veterans Nick Williams and Michael Brockers have been good, but both are in their 30s. Jordan Williams has potential, especially as an early down run stopper. Could develop into a good piece for the Lions.
Round 6 Pick 180 - Nick Cross, S, Maryland
With 4 safeties hitting free agency, it could be a position the Lions double dip in. I believe the Lions will look to bring Tracy Walker back after a good 2021 season. Nick Cross is a long rangy safety, who has shown he has a nose for the ball. He has good coverage skills and makes up ground well.
Round 6 Pick 218 - Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA
Adding depth along the offensive line is always needed. The Lions had their fair share of injuries along their last season. Burford played over 2,800 snaps for the Roadrunners and gave up just 7 sacks. He showed he is an excellent run blocker who has the potential for versatility along the line.
Round 7 Pick 232 - Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
I can definitely see Detroit hitting up a veteran tight end in FA. They were short last season, even when Hockenson was fit. Daniel Bellinger is an excellent blocking TE, who also has soft hands. A good Senior Bowl who happened to be on the Lions team.