4. Detroit Lions
Over the past year, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have started to implement a new vision for the secondary. Not only did they bring in the likes of Justin Coleman last offseason but they also traded both Quandre Diggs and Darius Slay while also trading for Duron Harmon and signing Desmond Trufant this offseason.
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The Lions are expected to continue rebuilding their secondary in the 2020 NFL Draft as they are projected to select Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, the top player at the position, with the No. 3 overall pick. However, that would still leave the back end of the defense with a few question marks as Harmon is not a full-on replacement for what Diggs gave Detroit as a playmaker.
Jamal Adams could potentially be that type of player, though. He’s been an incredibly versatile monster for the Jets this past season. Though he has only two career interceptions to this point, he has 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, 273 combined tackles and 28 tackles for loss already in his three years in the league.
As was showcased in New York, Adams has the ability to line up at either safety spot, move down into coverage as a sub-package defensive back and even work well as a blitzer off of the edge. He’s a chess piece that could be a trump card for the Lions defense with the creativity of Patricia moving him all over the board.