Detroit Lions receive an A- in PFF’s ‘off-season grade’ total


Between free agency and the draft, the Detroit Lions earned top marks for using those opportunities to successfully bolster their roster through a series of strategic moves.

For the most part, the major changes to the 2022 roster are nearly complete. PFF’s Sam Monson used the Lions’ free agency and draft ratings – both awarded during those periods – as well as front office hires and coaching ranks to propose an overall composite off-season rating.

First, the Lions received an “above average” rating for their free agency moves.

“DJ Chark represents a great example of the kind of bet teams should take at receiver. He has rare speed and physical tools, but he hasn’t put it all together yet,” Monson writes.

As far as the draft goes, Detroit scored the highest possible score — a coveted A+.

“Landing Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick is a gift the Lions must have thought was an unlikely outcome for most of the process,” the analyst wrote, adding that he may be the cornerstone of a defense with a host of young talent.

Combining the two plus a few other elements, the Lions earned an A-offseason grade. The only thing Detroit really didn’t do was get a franchise quarterback, but Monson smartly points out that might not even have been planned for this part of the multi-year rebuild.

“There’s no guarantee it was ever planned at this point, as it could always have been planned for Year 3 when everything else is already in place,” he said.

More good marks for the Lions offseason. You like to see it.

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