Just Want A Title Posted November 29, 2022 Share Posted November 29, 2022 (edited) This year's QB class has lost a bit of luster compared to how folks were evaluating some prospects early in the draft. It would be a pretty big reach to describe Jared Goff as a franchise QB. At some point the Lions are going to have to find a long-term answer at QB who can work with Jameson Williams, Amon Ra St Brown and company to create a dynamic passing game. That said: Free Agency/Trade: I don't see any legitimate options that are better than Jared Goff. Even if Baltimore let Lamar Jackson test the market, he is not a deep-ball QB. Re-treads like Jimmy G or Geno Smith won't cut it either. We might be able to upgrade our back-up QB but that is about all that can be realistically expected. Draft: Whether it be this year or next year, the draft seems like our only realistic option. There isn't a super-clean prospect like Trevor Lawrence in this draft: Thoughts on the the various prospects: Bryce Young: He has everything you look for except for size. Listed at 5'11" and 195 Lbs, you have to wonder if he can hold up to the rigors of the NFL game CJ Stroud: He has good size, great mechanics and very good production. The question is whether or not he is more of a system QB who may not have a lot of success when the play breaks down and he is forced to improvise to make a play. The track record of recent Ohio St QBs in the NFL has to give evaluators a reason to be a little more cautious. Will Levis: He has all of the physical tools you look for and shows good toughness but his production is inconsistent. There were some pretty obvious mistakes made by his receivers throughout the year and his O-line play wasn't great. That may have contributed to the inconsistency. Is that what was holding him back or was he a bit over-hyped at the beginning of the season? Michael Penix Jr: He is a good runner and has solid accuracy on short as well as intermediate routes but his accuracy wanes when he throws deep passes. His size is solid being listed at 6'3", 215. Does he have the upside that is similar to Jalen Hurts? Can his so-so accuracy on long-balls be coached up? Anthony Richardson: He has great size, runs the ball well and has great arm-strength. However, his mechanics seem inconsistent and that creates accuracy issues. His athletic tools are elite. However, it seems like he is still a better athlete than QB at this point with a high boom-bust potential. If he puts things together he could be a franchise QB for sure but if he doesn't his path to success could lie as a WR/TE. Staying in school for anther year would be best for his development but someone will draft him high because of his tools/potential Cameron Ward: He is a little short but otherwise has good physical tools. He is a good runner when things break down but doesn't make as many plays outside the pocket as a passer as you might think. Most of the knocks on his game, other than his height, can be coached up. At least is seems that way to me. Max Duggan: He doesn't get a lot of press because he plays for TCU but has developed nicely as a prospect. He has decent size being listed at 6'2" and 210 Lbs. It isn't great and probably will need to add some weight to deal the physical demands of playing in the NFL. That said, he is a good runner with good arm strength. He has shown he can make throws to all levels of the field. He can make plays as a runner and make throws outside the pocket when a play breaks down. He is an experienced starter with consistently good accuracy. Bo Nix: He had a good year playing for Oregon after transferring to Oregon from Auburn. He has decent size and does well on short as well as intermediate throws. He has solid mobility and moves the chains with his legs. The question with him is which QB is he: The one who put up middling numbers at Auburn or the one who has played really well at Oregon? It seems like we will have draft picks that will allow us to take any approach we want. We will have a couple of first rounds pick to use on one of the prospects is evaluated to be worth that pick. Having two second-round picks picks will give us the flexibility to use a one of those on a developmental QB. without neglecting the rest of the roster. Personally, I think the Lions will pass on a QB in the first round. I could definely see the Lions drafting Michael Penix Jr, Cameron Ward (if he declares), or Max Duggan outside the first round. The most likely first-round QB would be Will Levis but I could see Brad Holmes swinging for fences with Anthony Richardson because his upside is huge. Thoughts? Edited November 29, 2022 by Just Want A Title Forgot something Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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