The Lions are okay at the safety position right now. But they could stand to improve by adding a more dynamic, high-end youngster.
Glover Quin was pretty strong in his first year in Detroit, ranking 11th in the Pro Football Focus (subscription required) safety ratings. Free-agent signing James Ihedigbo finished 16th in those same rankings while playing for the Ravens in 2013.
Believe it or not...
Yeah, I don't believe it either.
Ihedigbo is 30 and his solid 2013 is an outlier for an otherwise humdrum career. He's a good schematic fit and can help install new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's system, as he played under Austin in Baltimore. Yet he's almost certainly hit his apex already.
Quin's 2013 was no fluke, but he's more of a reliable cog than a dynamic force. He has five interceptions and three forced fumbles in the last three seasons.
The Lions still could use a playmaking safety, a true turnover progenitor.
Be it Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Jimmie Ward in the first round, Terrence Brooks or Deone Bucannon in the second, or even later-round types like Kenny Ladler or Jonathan Dowling, the Lions need to take a shot at landing a more dynamic safety.
Note: in the above tweet, the Titans were mistakenly included at the expense of the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions remain fourth, however.