The prevailing narrative for many in the media ahead of the NFL draft with regards to the Detroit Lions has been the team’s presumed bad need for a quarterback.

It’s been assumed by analysts that the team would want to gamble on a quarterback pick early seeing as they may not be committed long-term to Jared Goff. For all his warts in the eyes of many, though, Goff is a solid quarterback that might be better than some people think. That’s a sentiment shared by plenty, including ESPN analyst and former wideout Keyshawn Johnson.

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Johnson was on an episode of NFL Live on Friday, April 22 and hammered home his take on why Detroit should stick with Goff. As he explained, the spot might not be a huge need thanks to Goff’s presence in the Motor City.

.@keyshawn thinks it’ll be a mistake for the Lions to replace Jared Goff with a QB in this year’s draft.

“Jared Goff, simple and plain is better than every quarterback in this draft right now.”

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 22, 2022

“I think in terms of what they need, they need everything. They don’t need a quarterback. They’ve got a quarterback in Jared Goff,” Johnson said. “Jared Goff gets a bad rap for the way it all ended in Los Angeles for him. He took the team to a Super Bowl, multiple playoff appearances, the Pro Bowl for whatever it’s worth, $100 million dollar contract. The Lions got a lot of draft picks. Use them to build a roster. A quarterback is the least of your worries. I think they’re smart enough to understand that and know that. Surround him with great talent, give him the opportunity to succeed. We saw Jared Goff take a team to a Super Bowl in Los Angeles when he had talent around him. So he can play. It would be a mistake to take any quarterback in this draft in the first-round and replace Jared Goff.”

As a result, Johnson believes there is no question the Lions should avoid this pick because of the questions at quarterback in this impending draft.

“Jared Goff, simple and plain, is better than every quarterback in this draft right now,” …read more



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