The Detroit Lions had a terrible 2019 season and there are some major needs that need to be filled.
The offense had problems moving the ball with their backup quarterbacks. The defense also had problems slowing down almost everyone. There are a lot of holes that need to be filled through free agency and the draft.
Let’s break down three free agents that need to be targeted.
Vic Beasley – Defensive end
The Lions’ pass rush has been terrible the last few years and it’s something they need to fix this season. The best-case scenario for the Lions would be to draft Chase Young out of Ohio State. But it’s hard to imagine the Washington Redskins are going to pass him up with the No. 2 selection in the draft.
Vic Beasley has been super inconsistent, but he is a player that is worth a flyer. Beasley is a pure pass rusher who would be a problem for opposing defenses. Beasley finished the 2019 season with 42 tackles and eight sacks.
Trey Flowers isn’t a true pass rusher and the team needs to fill the other side with a guy who can get consistent pressure on a quarterback.
The Lions also probably won’t have to break the bank to get Beasley.Which is another plus of going after him, rather than someone else.
Cory Littleton – Linebacker
The Lions have spent a lot of money and draft capital on linebackers. But none of it has worked out, which means the team needs to find a linebacker during this offseason.
There are good linebackers in the free-agent class, but Littleton is the best. Littleton is great in coverage and that is something the Lions linebackers haven’t been great this year.
He also is great at creating turnovers which is key for a linebacker defense that hasn’t been great at creating turnovers. Littleton is going to cost some money, but he is worth every dollar.
Gus Edwards – Running Back
The Lions have Kerryon Johnson but when he went down with an injury, the team had no one to fill in for him. This isn’t a position where the team needs to drop big dollars on, but they need to find a solid second back.
Gus Edwards finished the 2019 regular season with 711 yards and two touchdowns. He is a guy who can be a great one-two punch with Johnson but also fill in as a starter if needed.
Gus Edwards also shouldn’t break the bank which makes him a player they need to target.