Louis Delmas was in Detroit yesterday to take a physical. The conventional wisdom was that if he has passed said physical that the Detroit Lions would have resigned him. That does not appear to have happened and Lions fans have to wonder why. Delmas is without question the emotional leader of this defense, but his inability to stay healthy has many questioning his worth to the team moving forward. It now seems like the Lions are going to allow Delmas to test free agency. Which of course means an already thin defensive secondary is going to bet even thinner if he signs elsewhere.
Worse that that, if the Lions lose Delmas after just four seasons the 2009 Draft class for this team starts to look increasingly bad. Sure, they may have gotten QB Matthew Stafford in that draft but he has so far failed to be a consistent franchise QB. They reached for Brandon Pettigrew with the 20th overall pick. Derrick Williams was a third round bust of a wide receiver pick and DT Sammie Hill is likely on his way out of town. Meaning the Lions would have an ok QB and an overrated TE as the main prizes of an entire draft class. Simply put that is not good enough.
For the Lions to improve on the field they have got to make better decisions in the draft. They have got to fix how they evaluate players, and they have got to stop taking risks in the early rounds of the draft on guy’s whit injuries and character issues. For the Lions drafting what may or may not be a franchise QB and really getting no other impact players if Delmas actually leaves or is unable to stay on the field is not going to get it done. This was a team coming off a 0-16 season and this draft class is starting to look embarrassingly bad.
Simply put the Lions have got to do a better job in the draft. Successful NFL teams are not built on the backs of expensive free agent contracts. They are built around a strong core of players drafted by an organization and developed by their coaching staff. Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz had done a very poor job of this in their four years on the job. If the Lions want to be legit contenders they have got to do a better job on draft day and draft guys who can stay healthy.
Louis Delmas is not that, and even though the secondary here in Detroit is thin, it might be time to recast.