By: Eazy Baby
I’m a BIG believer in EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE! However after missing half a season due to injury I don’t think that the price of Taylor Decker is what people believed it to be. If I’m trading what can still be a first round talent, I want a first round pick in exchange. The argument of trading Decker should be dead and void considering the trade deadline is over; However, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to inform Lions fans of the CONS of trading Taylor Decker.
Decker Creates a Better Offensive Line
1.) The Detroit Lions are one of the leading candidates to draft a Quarterback in next year’s draft (If you don’t believe so I’d have to recommend watching the first 9 games of the Detroit Lions 2021 season). It is my belief that if you want to develop a young Quarterback, an offensive line could benefit you. A good offensive line would allow a young quarterback to both progress through his reads in a clean pocket, AND lean heavily on a solid run game.
2.) Historically teams that have dealt a top tier tackle from their squad haven’t seemed to reap the benefits of the trade. Recently teams like the Texans, Dolphins & Redskins have moved on from top talent at the tackle position; however only the Texans have gone .500 since. One of their biggest needs before losing Deshaun Watson…..Offensive line help.
3.) The Detroit Lions have no contingency plan in the scenario where they trade Taylor Decker. Yes, the team could easily replace Decker at the left tackle position with Penei Sewell. However, that would leave them void at RT in which Sewell has showcased the ability to play well at. In his regular season debut against the league’s number two pass rusher Sewell allowed no sacks, no QB hits, & no hurries. It would make no sense to pull such a move without a plan in place. The Ravens moved on from a backup tackle earlier this season ONLY AFTER signing Veteran tackle Alejandro Villanueva. If the contingency plan is to draft another tackle, then there is no reason to trade the one they already have.
4.) D’Andre Swift is this team’s BEST playmaker. Some may argue the title belongs to Hockenson, but for him the numbers in the 21′-22′ season wouldn’t suggest so. With Decker back in lineup it allows for the Lions offense to take the field in more jumbo sets with Matt Nelson as a blocking tight end. This allows D’Andre Swift more blockers to help him create big plays.
5.) With the return of Decker, the Lions were able to rush for 229 yards. 229 tough yards against a team that ranks just outside of the top 10 when it comes to rushing defenses in the NFL.