This has been a winter of change for the Detroit Lions. They brought a new coach in Jim Caldwell to the team and after the passing of their owner, the Lions are looking for a fresh start.
Ironically enough, that fresh start will revolve entirely around sixth-year quarterback, Matthew Stafford and eight-year wide receiver, Calvin Johnson.
These veteran offensive weapons were almost enough to guide the Lions to the playoffs last year before individual errors saw the team bottom out.
They are now building on those promising building blocks with the introduction of Golden Tate as a number two receiver during free agency.
The Lions are going for offense-first all the way. Caldwell may not be finished there however. There have been rumors recently that the Lions, picking at number 10 in the draft, would be keen to trade up to second overall to select dynamic wide receiver Sammy Watkins to add to their offensive weapons.
Certainly the move for Watkins would show the Lions attacking intent and would undoubtedly make them a more exciting and potent team. However, it may also be one of the craziest moves a team has ever attempted.
The Lions problems last year did not stem from being bad on offense. They were killed by penalties by inexperienced players and were ultimately undone with a lack of strength in depth. The shallowness of their roster will not be improved if they were to give up a couple of picks to the St Louis Rams to get Watkins.
It’s not even like the Lions haven’t got a shot at a decent receiver if they were to pick at 10. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and North Carolina’s Eric Ebron should both be available then and either of those players would create a fantastic third option with Johnson and Tate.
Furthermore, the Lions could then use a second or third pick on the best defensive player available, upgrading that secondary which proved to be rather leaky last season.
Whatever the moves the Lions make, with a foundation of Stafford and Johnson, the will certainly be exciting to watch.