Detroit Lions have two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft and rumors have been circulating they will move for a quarterback. Just last year, in March 2021, Jared Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Goff played his first game for the Lions in week one against the San Francisco 49ers and played a total of 14 games last season. He recorded 19 touchdowns and threw for 3,245 yards but will the Lions decide to bring in a quarterback to replace Goff?
With the 2022 NFL Draft fast approaching, Goff was happy to address the reports of the Lions using one of their first-round picks to add a new quarterback to the roster. “I trust those guys,” Goff said when speaking about the Lions' front office. “They've expressed a lot of confidence in me and feel good about where I'm at and where I'm at with them and where we're headed. I'm excited about it. But if anything were to happen there (selecting a quarterback in the draft), no, no concern.”
So, Goff clearly felt the need to come out and address the rumors of the Lions selecting a quarterback in the draft but is there any merit to them using a pick on a quarterback?
Goff may not be everyone’s favorite player because of what happened at the end in Los Angeles. However, we cannot forget the success the team enjoyed when Goff was playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. In the 2018 season, the Rams reached the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, but some fans will remember the game for a costly interception thrown by Goff late in the game. If you fancy a wager on the Super Bowl but do not know where to start, you can find out more information on this DraftKings sportsbook tutorial. There are step-by-step instructions on how to create an online betting account, how to make a deposit, and place a bet.
It is also worth noting that following the trade which saw Goff go to the Lions in 2021, the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl. In contrast, the Lions endured a disappointing 2021 campaign and were the second-worst team in the NFL last season. To be fair, Goff’s performances improved toward the end of the season, but he did face criticism midway through the year. Even his own head coach, Dan Campbell, was happy to criticize his own player at times during the 2021 season.http://gty.im/1363669427
So, there is no doubt the coaching staff will be wanting more from Goff in 2022 but will he be the main man for the Lions going forward? There are options in the draft for a quarterback but analyzing the available players, there is not a standout individual who you could guarantee would outperform Goff next season. Many onlookers believe the Lions would be better off by sticking with Goff for the upcoming season and moving for a new quarterback in 2023. However, should Goff deliver the goods in 2022, there will be further question marks over adding a new quarterback.
The Lions have other areas of their roster that could do with some work for the 2022 season. That should be the priority rather than drafting a quarterback. It is worth noting the Lions have a pair of first-round picks in 2023, so they have a lot of room for maneuver over the next two years and careful planning will allow them to significantly strengthen their roster and possibly challenge for the Super Bowl.