The Lions should use their open roster spot to give a shot to this former second-round pick that could play an important role in 2024


There is no question about it, the Detroit Lions have one of the best offensive lines in football. Maybe the best in fact. The one guy that holds this entire unit together is All-Pro center Frank Ragnow. He’s the heart and soul of the entire unit. 

The only problem is that he has been playing through an injury for the last few seasons and it’s caused him to miss a handful of games in that time. When Ragnow is out, the Lions usually have to reshuffle their offensive line. They move Graham Glasgow into center and play someone off the bench at one of the guard spot and there’s some struggle there. 

As the roster stands right now, the Lions would have to do that again in 2024 becasue they don’t have any center depth outside of undrafted rookie Kingley Egaukun. He could very well play a role for the team down the line, but right now they could use someone that could come in and keep the offensive line moving and not skipping a beat. 

That player is former Dolphins center Connor Williams. The former second-round pick has been a starting center and guard in the NFL since 2018. He would be one today if he had not suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 of last season. 

The ACL is an obvious concern. Especially since it happened not that long ago, but Williams is on track to be ready to play Week 1 and could return to the field for practices during training camp. Per Adam Schefter, Williams has been in contact with multiple teams. The Lions should be one of those teams. 

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