No. 3 trade partner for Jacksonville Jaguars CB Shaquill Griffin: Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions have improved considerably since Dan Campbell became their head coach two years ago. After going 3-13-1 in 2021, the Lions managed to exceed expectations and finished with a 9-7 record last season. Although they came one step short of making the playoffs, they knocked the Green Bay Packers out of contention, which is the second-best thing.
One big reason for Detriot’s turnaround in 2022 was their offense, which ranked fifth in points scored in the league. On the other hand, their defense left much to be desired, finishing 28th in points allowed and 32nd in total yards.
The Lions’ brass has poured significant resources into their offense over the last couple of years. It’s time they give defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn some players. Cornerback Jeff Okudah, the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, managed to suit up for 15 games after playing 10 in the two previous seasons combined.
But even if Okudah manages to stay healthy and improve in 2023, the Lions need help at cornerback. Jerry Jacobs was solid but not much else. Mike Huges appeared in 16 games with six starts in 2022 but is set to become a free agent. Amani Oruwariye, who made five starts for Detroit last year, is also slated to hit the open market.
The Lions might use an early-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to bolster their cornerback group. On the other hand, they should consider giving the Jaguars a call to try to get Griffin. He would give them a veteran presence that can line up opposite Okudah right off the bat.