The Detroit Lions kicked off their 2018 NFL season at home on Monday night, as they welcomed the New York Jets to Ford Field. By the time the game was over, the Lions were left scratching their heads, as the Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold went into Detroit and blew the lid off the Lions.
For Detroit, the game marked the first for Matt Patricia as the team’s head coach, and he would likely request a mulligan if he had to do it over again. Patricia and the Lions defense allowed 48 points to the Jets, although some came via defense and special teams, but it was still a terrible effort on that side of the ball.
In Patricia, the Lions have a head coach that is defensive-minded, so it would make sense for them to bring in a player on that side of the ball during the 2019 NFL Draft. Clelin Ferrell is one of the better edge rushers in college football, and should be one of a handful of Clemson Tigers to go in the first round in April.
Detroit has a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball, as quarterback Matthew Stafford had one of his worst games as a pro on Monday night. Ferrell would be a nice get at No. 7 overall, giving the Lions the kind of edge rusher they need to compete in the NFC North, especially with Ziggy Ansah once again going down to injury against the Jets.