Should the Detroit Lions draft a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft

By trading former Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for two first round draft picks (2022 and 2023) and a third round draft pick (2021) along with Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff it has garnered the Lions draft capital. Should the organization draft a quarterback in 2021? That is the question we will dive into.

Heading into the 2021-22 NFL season there is little doubt Jared Goff will be the Detroit Lions starting quarterback. In fact Goff could be the starter for two seasons. Which is fine. At 26 years old Jared Goff has already played in a Super Bowl and been selected to two Pro-Bowls. At the very least Goff is a serviceable quarterback.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 24: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions currently hold the #7 pick in the first round of this years draft. It seems inevitable that up to three quarterbacks will be selected before the Lions have their turn.

Another fact is that the Lions simply do not have many draft picks this year due in part to poor choices former general manager Bob Quinn made. Current Lions GM, Brad Holmes would be ill advised to take a quarterback from rounds 3 and later due to the fact that unless your name is Tom Brady the likelihood a quarterback taken this late would even see the playing field is next to zero.

The Lions could sign a cheap free agent to fill the role of backup quarterback. That said because drafting a quarterback is like throwing a darts at a dartboard the risk this year seems far to great.

The Detroit Lions are in for a total (much needed) rebuild that is going to take some time. The roster is filled with holes that need to be filled and the team as a whole lacks speed.

NEW YORK – APRIL 28: NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell speaks during the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

This years draft focus should be in my opinion, on areas that can impact the roster this coming season. Be it wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive backs or edge rusher.

So in should the Detroit Lions draft a quarterback in 2021? My answer is no.

Michigan Woverines: Harbaugh must deliver

Embed from Getty Images He came to Ann Arbor with much promise. One problem. Jim Harbaugh, has yet to come close to the lofty expectations.

Jim Harbaugh, brought in NFL coaches to help bring Michigan Wolverines, football back to the national picture. Year one started and ended on a positive note. Then the backwards steps were take.

So, this past offseason Harbaugh, fired nearly all of his offensive coaches. That is a bold move. Jim, insisted he was not informed to do so by the athletic director, school president, boosters or alumni.

Even though it seemed like a final grasp at a straw. Given his work he gets a pass on this one. Since coming to Michigan Jim Harbaugh, has been searching for a good solid quarterback. Enter Old Miss, transfer Shea Patterson. There is now no excuse.

Patterson, is good it is safe to say he is the best Harbaugh has had at Michigan. This season wins must come against Michigan State and Ohio State. No longer one or the other.

Michigan’s fan base is on the brink of turning against a coach they all wanted. It could be safe to say be careful what you wish for. It does need to be mentioned that all the players on the roster are now completely Jim Harbaugh’s. No more Brady Hoke holdovers.

If this is not a make or break season it is very close. All though an Ohio State media outlet had Michigan firing him after the Bowl loss. That was wishful thinking and poor reporting.

So as Spring practice winds down. All eyes will be on Jim Harbaugh.