After yet another injury-plagued season and only appearing in seven games, it appears as if the Detroit Lions are set to move on from EDGE Ezekiel Ansah this offseason, who will hit the free-agent market after being slapped with the franchise tag in 2018.
Ansah’s absence opens up the door for Detroit to upgrade the pass rush — an area in which it finished in the middle of the pack with 43 sacks last year.
Sure, the Lions have other needs. They could make some serious upgrades in the secondary here, and grabbing a tight end would help quarterback Matthew Stafford. Yet a premier edge rusher would take a lot of pressure off those defensive backs.
And there aren’t too many better at this point than Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell.
Ferrell looked more than sharp in his team’s victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, and he’s just as capable stopping the run as he is rushing the passer.
Finding an every-down defender at this spot would do the Lions defense plenty of good.