With a franchise quarterback like Matthew Stafford coming off a career season, the Detroit Lions are not that far away from contending for their first NFL Championship in 60 years. To complete the job second-year G.M. Bob Quinn needs to find the right mix of talent on defense lacking the difference-makers necessary to take that next step.
When you have Aaron Rodgers running the show you should do everything in your power to beef up the personnel on defense and to level the playing field. Right now the back-seven on the Packers has way too many holes to be taken serious for a long playoff run so they’d better start adding some difference-makers now.
If Coach Mike Zimmer is going to be able to dominate on defense it’s incumbent on G.M. Rick Spielman to provide him with more talent up-front. But without a first-round pick it’s up to Spielman to work some magic in the middle rounds for Zimmer’s vision to come true.
Greg DePalma and PSN analyst Jan Levine – a New York Jets season ticketholder – preview the team’s options and discuss their wish lists with the NFL Draft just a day away. The Jets hold the No.6 overall pick, though GM Mike Maccagnan has suggested he’s open to trading down in order to rebuild with more selections.
The Redskins own the top trade-chip quarterback in the league and if they’re willing to listen and strike a deal for Kirk Cousins it would undoubtedly re-shape the way teams are approaching the first-round in ways we can only imagine. But if you know Daniel Snyder like we do, then why on earth would he want to make any rational decisions when he’s so good at doing to irrational?
The Eagles are a franchise on the rise and will go as far as their young signal-caller Carson Wentz will take them. That is unless they fail to draft some competent cornerbacks to solidify an already decent defensive unit and turn it into a championship one.
Even though it was a short stay the Giants returned to the post-season for the first time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. To take that next step they’ll need more offensive weapons including a vertical threat at tight end and an impact rusher. Of course none of those moves might work out until they figure out how to open up more holes and wall-off defenders.
After finding their franchise quarterback in last year’s draft the Cowboys now need to add more impact defenders to their front wall if they’re serious about becoming a deep playoff threat in the NFC.
G.M. Mike Maccagnan has his work cut out for him. He’s made it known he wants to trade down on Thursday and unless safety Jamal Adams somehow falls to No. 6, he’s going to try everything in his power to get it done.
Bill Belichick knows the Tom Brady days are coming to an end soon which is why he made several deals to mortgage the future including acquiring WR Brandin Cooks for their first-round pick. Unless they deal cornerback Malcolm Butler the Patriots won’t be on the clock until late Friday night, but somehow I think their fans will be just fine with that.