Getting A Quarterback And Protecting Him: Detroit Lions Draft and Free Agency

Derrick DennisContributor IFebruary 7, 2009

You know I've been very quick to say that the Lions shouldn't draft a quarterback and when you're just looking at the draft on its own, that's true: the Lions shouldn't draft a quarterback.

However, what people are missing is something very important: free agency.


Free Agent OTs

Jordan Gross, Marvel Smith, Mark Tauscher, Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas, Stacy Andrews



Free Agent OGs

Jahri Evans, Chris Kemoeatu, Chris Naeole, Mark Setterstrom, Pete Kendall, Mike Goff


Free Agent Cs

Jason Brown, Matt Birk, Jeff Saturday, Brad Meester


When it comes to free agency, the QB market really isn't there. However, there are some offensive linemen out there who can come in and compete for starting spots, or in some cases, drastically improve the talent level on the line.

With that being said, it isn't too much of a reach to imagine that the Lions will go with a free agent offensive lineman and roll the dice with picking a quarterback with the first pick in the draft.

I'd still rather see them pick an offensive lineman with the first overall pick or trade out of that spot, but this is another scenario that nobody has seemed to mention yet.

The Lions should also look to scoop up some big free agents on the defensive side of the ball, they need a dominant DT, well in my opinion they need two, but since they are stuck on Corey Redding, I'll go with one.

They also need a starting LB to play alongside Dizon and Sims, maybe a starting MLB depending on if they are going to play a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense.

Then last but not least, they will also need some CBs since they are cutting Leigh Bodden and nobody else on the roster resembles a NFL starting CB.

Of course, they can use the draft to fill a lot of those holes but for the holes they can't address during the draft, there are always free agents like these.


Free Agent DTs

Albert Haynesworth, Rocky Bernard, Jovan Haye, Grady Jackson


Free Agent LBs

Ray LewisTerrell Suggs, Karlos DansbyBart Scott , Jonathan VilmaKeith BrookingChanning CrowderAndra Davis

Mike PetersonLeroy HillMichael BoleyEric Barton,  Takeo Spikes, Junior Seau


Free Agent CBs

Nnamdi Asomugha, Dunta Robinson, Jabari Greer, Phillip Buchanon, Domonique Foxworth, Kelvin Hayden

I know that I'm dreaming here, but could you imagine the downright nastiness of our defense is we added both Albert Haynesworth and Ray Lewis?

That would elevate our defense to something we haven't seen since Mark Carrier or Kurt Shultz were crushing any receiver that dared go up for a catch in the middle of the field.

Haynesworth could happen, because of the connection with the new head coach. Ray Lewis, though, is never going to happen.

I do, however, feel that the Lions are in a good position, they have a lot of options at this point. If they can sign a couple of high caliber free agents then fill the rest of the holes during the draft, they should be in good shape.