Roundtable: How Many Wins  Represents Success for Lions?

The latest SI All Lions Roundtable focuses on how many wins would represent a successful season for Detroit in 2021 and more
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1.) How many wins would represent a successful season for the Detroit Lions in 2021?  

Vito Chirco: I'll say five wins. If the Lions could match their win total from last year, I think it'd be impressive because the team will enter 2021 with a lesser quarterback (Jared Goff) than it did last year (Matthew Stafford). 

Additionally, Detroit general manager Brad Holmes is expected to tear down the roster even further as the offseason progresses, and there could be a mass exodus of various impact Lions players in free agency, as well, including defensive end Romeo Okwara and wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola.

So, the roster facelift has just started to take shape, and before it's done, I expect the 2021 version of the team to look a lot different than the 2020 version. 

All the more reason for why five wins would be a success for Holmes & Co. this upcoming season. 

Adam Strozynski: Three wins. It's simple. This is a bad team, with a bad roster that is getting flipped. I don't expect Detroit to win a lot. Just to be competitive. 

2.) Which WR is the best option for the Lions at No. 7 overall?

Chirco: There are so many good ones to choose from in this year's draft class, from Alabama wideouts DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle to second-and-third-round options like Louisville's Tutu Atwell, Wake Forest's Sage Surratt and Western Michigan's D'Wayne Eskridge. 

It's why I'd be hard-pressed to take one at No. 7. But, if I did, I'd take Waddle, arguably the best receiver from the Crimson Tide's '20 roster, although it also possessed the season's Heisman Trophy winner in Smith. 

Waddle can take the top off the defense as a vertical threat, but can also be a go-to target  for an offense over the middle due to his top-end speed. 

He's the one receiver I'd be willing to take with the No. 7 pick. 

Strozynski: None. Positions like wide receiver and tight end are luxury picks. If you invest a top-10 pick in that position, the player better be a Justin Jefferson-caliber receiver in their rookie year. Also you can get a guy like Jefferson later in the draft. This team needs lunch-pale workhorses.  

Waddle turning a catch into a 90-yard touchdown against Georgia. 

Waddle turning a catch into a 90-yard touchdown against Georgia. 

3.) Does any part of you regret that the Lions weren't able to get involved in the Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson sweepstakes?  

Chirco: No. The Lions aren't in a spot to give up their draft capital to acquire any player right now, let alone for a top-tier quarterback like Watson or Wilson that will require a team to give up multiple draft assets. They need to be doing the opposite and accumulating as many draft picks as possible, which they've already started the process of doing by dealing Stafford for a third-rounder this year and multiple future first-rounders (one in each 2022 and 2023). 

So, I don't fault the Lions at all for failing to get involved in either the Watson or Wilson sweepstakes. 

Strozynski: No. I'm excited the Lions got the Stafford trade done early. They set the market, and they struck early. The return on Stafford would be less with Wilson or Watson in the mix. 

4.) If Golladay leaves the Lions, which team could best utilize his skills going forward?

Chirco: I would love to see him play with a quarterback that excels in throwing the deep ball. 

With that being said, two names immediately jump to the top of my head: Wilson with the Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen. 

But, because there's at least a possibility that Wilson ends up with a different franchise in 2021, I'm going to go with Allen and the Bills. 

I would love to see what Bills offensive play-caller Brian Daboll could do for Golladay in Buffalo. 

I think Allen and Golladay would form a dynamite connection, leading to Golladay being in store for perhaps the best stretch of his NFL career.

Strozynski: There is a few for sure. This might sound strange, but Cincinnati, with Joe Burrow, would be interesting. Golladay would be the No. 1 guy and with a quarterback with a massive arm.

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