Top 5 Additions: Detroit Lions
Matt Millen's first season with the Detroit Lions was nothing short of disastrous. Anything that could go wrong, usually did. And many times they allowed victory to slip through their fingers at the last moment. But the fact is, they had the chance to win many of those games, so a few changes here and there could add up to several more wins this year. Here are the key additions to the team.
Joey Harrington QB, Oregon
There should be a great quarterback duel in Lions' camp this summer, and Harrington may not beat out Mike McMahon for the starting job, but you can bet he wasn't selected third overall just to sit on the bench. Rumor has it head coach Marty Mornhinweg is going to give Harrington every opportunity to win the job.
Az-Zahir Hakim WR, Rams
With the losses of Johnnie Morton and Herman Moore, and Germane Crowell recovering from a knee injury that cost him much of the 2001 season, the Lions didn't waste time in luring the speedster to Motown. His quickness and experience will be welcomed if he proves he can hang onto the ball.
Bill Schroeder WR, Packers
Adding Schroeder to the mix gives the Lions a pair of speedy veterans, and whether it's McMahon or Harrington running the show during the season, they're going to need all the help they can get.
Eric Davis CB, Broncos
The Lions' secondary looks like it could be among the worst in the league this year. Safeties Kurt Schulz and Ron Rice had their careers cut short by injury, Terry Fair is still affected by a foot injury, and Bryant Westbrook left via free agency. Detroit is counting on some unproven players to fill their shoes, so the signing of a veteran like Davis is welcome news.
Kalimba Edwards DE, South Carolina
The defensive line is one of the strengths of the team, but Edwards pass-rushing abilities made him impossible to pass on in the second round of the draft. Detroit is hoping he can step right into the starting job at right end.