The Detroit Lions had one of their best seasons ever last year and certainly their best season in a very long time. The Lions won the NFC North and hosted a home playoff game last season against the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first playoff win for the Lions in over 30 years, and they got another home playoff game and win after that against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was a great season, and the players that Detroit picked in the 2023 NFL Draft helped them out a lot.

A lot of people questioned Brad Holmes and the Lions after the 2023 NFL Draft because of some of their picks, specifically early on. Two picks that people question because of how early they were taken were Jahmyr Gibbs and Sam LaPorta. Holmes ended up looking like a genius after the season because of how well those two rookies ended up playing. They were two of the best rookies in the entire league, and it really showed that Holmes is one of the best GMs in the NFL. That rookie class was crucial to the success that the Lions found last season, and they will be crucial going forward as well. Detroit has a great young core of players.

Those rookies last season were not only huge during the regular season, but they stepped up big time in the playoffs for the Lions as well. It was impressive to see from players that had never been on that stage before. There was no moment that was too big for them, and they played a crucial role in the playoff run that Detroit went on.

After taking down the Rams and the Buccaneers, the Lions were just one win away from going to the Super Bowl. They hit the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, and Detroit came out firing on all cylinders. The Lions dominated the first half and they found themselves with a 17-point lead in the third quarter of the game. Unfortunately for Detroit, things began to unravel after that.

The Lions 17-point lead quickly vanished after a 49ers touchdown followed by an immediate Detroit fumble. San Francisco eventually got the lead and they never looked back, and they ended up going to the Super Bowl. It was a tough way for the season to end for the Lions, but it was still very promising and the future is looking bright.

Lions fans had been waiting for a season like that for a long time, and the city of Detroit needed it badly. The Lions seem poised for success next season as well, and the future as a whole looks bright after their deep playoff run. Detroit has never won a Super Bowl, so while last year was great, the next step is getting over the hump and bringing that trophy back to the Motor City for the first time.

The rookie class was huge for the Lions last season, and they now have their next set of youngsters coming in as the 2024 NFL Draft was a few weeks ago in Detroit. Lions fan showed out all week and showed how much they care about this team as they broke the record for day one NFL Draft attendance and total NFL Draft attendance. These fans are great, and they are hungry to see their team get to top of the NFL.

After the masterclass that Brad Holmes and co put on last year with their NFL Draft picks, Lions fans are excited to see how their new rookies are going to fare in the NFL. Now, the Lions need to focus on rounding out the rest of their roster. The biggest need that the Lions had to address this offseason was their secondary, and they have already done a great job. They have added a lot of new talent to that part of their defense, and the players that the Lions drafted showed that they realize how important the secondary is this offseason.

Still, there are some more players that the Lions could go after, and they could even add some more depth to the secondary. Here are a couple players that the Lions might still be thinking about.

Greg Newsome II, Cleveland Browns CB

One more player that the Lions could get to help with their secondary woes is Greg Newsome II. Newsome has been in the league for three seasons now after being drafted in the first round back in 2021. He played college football at Northwestern, and he has had a great NFL career so far. He has been with the Browns for his whole career, and he has had three productive seasons.

Greg Newsome II was a good contributor for the Browns on defense as a rookie as he finished the year with 37 total tackles. His numbers got a little better during his second season as he had five more tackles and also 0.5 sacks, but 2o23 was his best year.

Last season, Greg Newsome II racked up 49 total tackles, two interceptions and 0.5 sacks. It was a good year for him, and it seems like he is only getting better throughout his career. With only three years under his belt, Newsome would fit right in with the young core of players in Detroit. The Lions are loaded with young talent, and they will have the ability to hold onto their core of players for a long time. Newsome fits that mold.

Robert Woods, Houston Texans WR

Cleveland Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II (0) tackled Houston Texans wide receiver Robert Woods (2) after an interception during the third quarter in a 2024 AFC wild card game at NRG Stadium.
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There have been some trade rumors floating around about Robert Woods, and he could be a good veteran to come and join the Lions on offense. Woods is the opposite of Newsome. He is someone that has played in the league for a very long time and he has proven himself. He might not be having seasons like he did in the past, but he still has more in the tank and he continues to show that he can be a reliable receiver.

Robert Woods started his NFL career back in 2o13 with the Buffalo Bills. He played for the Bills for four seasons before going to the Los Angeles Rams. He was in LA for five years before spending one year with the Tennessee Titans and one year with the Houston Texans.

The best seasons for Robert Woods were in 2018 and 2019 with the Rams. He had over 1,000 receiving yards in both of those seasons and he had eight touchdowns throughout those two years.

In Robert Woods' most recent season, he finished with 40 receptions for 426 yards and one touchdown.

The Lions should end up having a very good team next year. They were incredibly close to making it to the Super Bowl last year, and now they have a Super Bowl or bust mentality heading into the 2024 season. It should be another exciting season in Detroit, and Lions fans can't wait for it to begin.