REPORT: Detroit Lions miss out on first free agent target

The NFL offseason is officially upon us and the Detroit Lions have needs. Lots of them!

One of their biggest needs is to acquire a starting caliber cornerback who can play alongside Darius Slay in the secondary.

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The question is, will the Lions find that player in free agency or will they decide to wait until the NFL Draft?

Well, according to reports, the Lions were interested in former Atlanta Falcons CB, Robert Alford but he decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.

Alford, who 30-years-old, was selected by the Falcons in the 2nd Round of the 2013 NFL Draft. During his six seasons in Atlanta, Alford played in 88 games (76 starts), collecting 10 interceptions. In 2018, he started all 15 games he played in but failed to get an interception.

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Who knows, maybe he chose the Cardinals over the Lions because Darius Slay already wears his No. 23!


Drysdale: Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 1

Polar Vortex 2019!

What better time than to write up my first full Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Mock Draft?

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Let me begin by saying these mock drafts are extremely fluid as free agency will play a huge role in what direction Lions’ GM Bob Quinn decides to go in the NFL Draft.

For example, I personally believe that acquiring an edge rusher should be the number one priority this offseason and I would have to believe that Quinn agrees with that. But if he goes out and signs a big name DE such as Trey Flowers out of New England (yes, please!), the chances of the Lions drafting an edge rusher with their No. 8 pick in the first round would drop, though it is still possible.

This volume of my full Detroit Lions mock draft focusses on what the current needs are at this moment in time as if not a single free agent is signed.

So, with that understood, let’s take a look at Vol. 1 of my full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft.

Round 1 (No. 8 overall) Rashan Gary (DL) – Michigan

Despite not having as much production as many projected him to have at the college level, Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary is the real deal and I have no doubt that he will be a top 10 pick. Gary would fit in beautifully with what Matt Patricia wants to do with the Lions’ defense and if he is available at No. 8, Bob Quinn should not hesitate to pull the trigger.

From The Draft Network:

Rashan Gary is a versatile defender with the needed abilities to be a disruptive force working from 3T. Gary has the ability to set the edge vs. the run and can be worked on the outside sparingly, although his pass rush skills are best utilized in scenarios that allow him to play with linear angles and with his hips aligned behind his pads to optimize his power and quickness.

To read the rest of the mock draft, please click on the link below.

Drysdale: Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect' NFL Mock Draft Vol. 1

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