First-year Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes' makeover of the defense is in full swing. He's added defensive linemen Michael Brockers, Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike this offseason, all in attempt to upgrade not only the Lions' porous pass-rush but also the team's subpar run defense from last season. Those are some of the bigger acquisitions Holmes made to aid the defense going into 2021.
Jackson is expected to start at left guard between left tackle Taylor Decker and Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow. Jackson is no longer the youngest member of an offensive line group that's expected to be one of Detroit's strengths in 2021. That distinction now belongs to Penei Sewell, who the Lions drafted No.
We know the Lions like Barnes a lot—they traded up in the draft to get him—but what exactly can we expect out of the linebacker both in the immediate and in the future. To help give us a better perspective, we chatted with Purdue beat writer Mike Carmin about the past four years of Barnes’ college career. Carmin talked about Barnes’ best and worst games, his persona off the field, his leadership qualities, and why he thinks Barnes could have a long NFL career.