I'm going to respond to this and the trade down and @EaglesPeteC's post all in one since a lot of it somewhat moves together.
To start with, I am thrilled with how my offseason has unfolded. The dead money is obviously a short-term pain but being able to land Ngakoue in the sign-and-trade was definitely a huge plus and makes up for not having a ton to spend in free agency. Obviously Stafford is the largest portion of the dead cap which made moving him the hardest part, but it was time to start over and rebuild. The current Lions roster may be good enough to make the playoffs, but it was always going to lack the necessary difference makers to truly get over the hump and be an actual super bowl contender. There is no point in building a team with a ceiling of the wild-card round IMO.
Running through the trades, I will start with the move down with the Pats. It was a steep drop to go all the way down to 23, but at a certain price point it is simply too good a value to pass up. In my eyes I got 2 firsts in a pretty deep class this year, a player that is still worth a 1st round pick, a top 100 pick, and a 2021 pick from a team that very easily could be in the top 15 next year if anything goes wrong. We have no idea what the Patriots will be without Brady and I don't think it's a stretch to say that their division is rapidly improving. Moving on to the Golladay trade, that was the most difficult deal for me to make. Golladay is a very good player, and is not super old. However, I am not sure that he is an elite player and I don't believe in playing non-elite wide receivers a huge sum of money. I don't really see any difference between someone like Golladay and Brandin Cooks in terms of impact on a game and I don't think many people would sneeze at that return for Cooks. I think Golladay has a tendency to get moved from the 'very good' category to 'elite' because of his eye-opening plays and number of targets. There's a reason that his catch percentage has always been below average for a guy commanding his level of targets. In return, I got three guys that should play quite a bit for my team. Dalvin Tomlinson is an above-average starter at DT and still very young. Evan Engram is a top-ten TE when healthy and hopefully adding him to Hockenson will give me plenty of different looks while not being SOL if he one misses some time. Lorenzo Carter is a solid player that should be able to play quite a few snaps for me in different roles. In addition, picking up a draft pick and a 2021 2nd is definitely not nothing.
Moving on to the Slay trade, I think it was just time to look elsewhere. He is still a very good corner but the age and needing a new contract soon are a concern. I thought that I got decent value in a very early 3rd and a young offensive lineman that did alright starting some games in his rookie year. With the Stafford trade, I was somewhat surprised with the value that I was able to get for him. Receiving pick 20 as well as Yannick was an exceptional package and basically 2 1st round picks in value IMO. I was mostly surprised given the QB market in free agency and how many intriguing names were available. Having to add Ragnow with Stafford was relatively depressing given he is a good young player but I don't think he is a difference maker. The Lions have had an absolutely abysmal pass rusher for an extremely long time, and I think I have finally started turning that around. I don't think the secondary is nearly as bad as the DL has made it look over the last few years. Briefly touching on the Rosen and Charles Harris trade, I think Rosen is still a fine prospect and to be quite honest, is preferable to many of the QBs in the draft this year. I don't think he has gotten a great chance or the best circumstances over the past 2 years and I think he could be a starting QB in the league if he is given time in a system that fits him and is able to actually develop. Of course, that doesn't mean I won't add another QB in FA or the draft if the right opportunity arises, but I don't think it is a huge predicament. Worst case scenario, he blows and I have 3 1sts and 2 2nds in 2021 to land either Lawrence or Fields. Charles Harris is a player I think was worth a late flier on given his talent coming out of college and a hope that a new circumstance might make some things click.
The last trade to address (I believe) is the Decker trade. To be completely honest, that deal was a deal of opportunity more than anything else. Like I said in the discussion thread, I believe that there are 6 elite prospects in this draft class. I was approached with an opportunity to guarantee a shot at one of those 6 at an extremely low cost. Taylor Decker is a fine player but I don't think I am alone in Lions fans that would prefer he move to RT. Most Lions fans don't even want to give him more than a 2 or 3 year extension. I honestly think there are a handful of OT prospects in this draft class I would prefer to be my LT than Decker moving forward given the circumstances. So moving him and pick 20 for a guarantee of a difference maker was definitely a move I had to make. Not to mention, I am also receiving a 2021 1st out of the deal from the Giants. I understood the positional value out of Decker, but I just don't think he's a top 10 LT and getting that kind of value isn't something I could pass on.
In a brief overview of free agency, I was very glad to be able to retain Graham Glasgow given the departure of Ragnow. Glasgow is a good starter in the interior and is still relatively young and wasn't overly expensive. Signing Gordon came as a surprise to some people but I am very happen with the deal. The contract that he received was extremely team friendly at 5 years/$40 million with the small amount of dead money making it closer to 4/$30. That is cheap for a running back of his caliber. Him and Kerryon Johnson will make one of the better tandems in the league and putting them together should help them both stay healthier. Both players have had some injury problems over the last few years and a combination should keep them both fresher. The other part I am a fan of is how similar they are as backs in what they can do. Both backs are good both rushing the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield. I should be able to use them interchangeably and not give an obvious tell on whether we are running/passing.
Any other questions @ny92mike? I hope my rundown was relatively clear, typing at 12:30 AM is not always my strong suit.