Mike Valenti Ponders Trading T.J. Hockenson and Frank Ragnow
One of the dumbest suggestions I have ever heard. Getting draft capitol is good for players who are too old to be at their peak when you expect to be competitive. But when you have studs who are just getting into their prime, that is the foundation you build around. Right now you have Swift-Hock-Ragnow-Sewell. The Lions are already loaded with draft capitol, you don't give away foundation pieces to gamble on getting players who in all likelihood will be downgrades. On offense you draft the franchise QB, one top WRs, and use your cap space to get a WR#2. And you have a top 5 offense. The Lions offense is young and really in good shape to be super competitive in a year or two.
Defense on the otherhand is a disaster. No superstuds, but a few young pieces who will develop into good players and a lot of gapping holes. They really need a couple superstars, especially a top coverage guy. Then more coverage help and a couple linebackers and a safety. Really this is where most of their cap money needs to be focused on and the remaining draft capitol. The 4 defensive draft picks this year look to be good NFL players who can be solid future pieces. The DL is the only place that is even decent. They need an influx of at least 7 new defensive players to be competitive.