Did Detroit Lions press conferences reveal clues about their draft intentions?
We heard from Dan Campbell, Brad Holmes and others at the NFL Combine on Tuesday in what we’ve heard the most from them since the end of the season. Unlike the past few years, we got some pretty revealing answers that could shed some light on the direction the Lions are taking with their draft strategy.
Note: If you haven’t seen them yet, you can watch Holmes here and Campbell here.
Question of the Day: Who do you think the Lions will draft after Tuesday’s press conferences?
My answer: Let’s say I agree with the fictional NFL Network writers. It’s Aidan Hutchinson’s season.
Tuesday’s comments were quite insightful as to the team’s priorities. Campbell mentioned that the team would be moving towards more four downliners on defense, which is something we’ve seen the team trend towards as the season progressed in 2021. Although Campbell said it wouldn’t change the team’s draft strategy, there’s still a pretty dire need for a number one EDGE.
Also notes that he doesn’t think this change will have a significant impact on the way they write.
— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) March 1, 2022
Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson also spoke to local media at the venue and outlined his priorities for the team heading into next season:
Ben Johnson spitting out a lot of honest truth about the Lions offense. Talk about becoming more explosive off the numbers, better on 3rd downs and the red zone.
—Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) March 1, 2022
“Explosive outside the numbers,” in my opinion, is another word for USC wide receiver Drake London, a former teammate of Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and one of the best pass catchers in the game. draft class this year. It’s not the first time the idea has been floated, with St. Brown alluding to it at the end of last season:
Choices 32 and 34 might be the right choice if London were still available.
While there are no guarantees when it comes to the NFL Draft, Tuesday’s remarks made it clear where the team’s priorities lie. Did that change your pick for the Lions in April?