Detroit Lions’ Offseason Strategy: Draft Offense, Sign Defense

April 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you just read that headline, I already know what you’re thinking.
“But the Lions just drafted Ndamukong Suh, how can you say they only draft offense?”
I’m not saying that, necessarily. However, the Lions have had four first-round picks in the last two drafts. Three of them (Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Jahvid Best) have been offensive players. Suh was, in fact, the only defensive pick.
A little surprising for Jim Schwartz, a young defensive guru. But it’s not like that means he’s neglecting defense altogether.
No, quite the opposite. In reality, Lions management is taking a fairly balanced approach at rebuilding the team. It’s just that the greatest impact moves on the defense have happened through free agency.
Consider the starters on the Lions’ defense last year, and some projected starters this year.
Julian Peterson: Acquired through a trade with Seattle.
Larry Foote: No longer with the Lio...

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