The Detroit Lions have done a magnificent job turning things around in a short period of time. At this time last year, the team was preparing to select No. 2 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. They will be drafting sixth overall this year, but it is not their selection. That selection is via the Los Angeles Rams from the Matthew Stafford trade; theirs is No. 18.
Detroit finished the season with a 9-8 record, going 8-2 in their final 10 games after a 1-6 start. It was quite a drastic turnaround as the offense clicked and the defense began showing signs of life. Looking to build on that momentum, the team got busy in free agency.
Defense was the name of the game for the Lions. They made significant upgrades to their secondary, which was regularly torched during the 2022 season. The Lions ranked 30th in passing yards surrendered as they couldn’t slow down anyone.
Cornerbacks Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley were both signed in free agency along with safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson. What was a weakness last year could become a strength for Detroit, especially if they add another defensive back with one of their first-round picks.