The Detroit Lions made a huge turn around this season by going 10-6 and making the playoffs as the six seed. They were finally worth watching, with an electric passing game and a great defensive line. Although, some additional needs were exposed, especially in both games against Green Bay and in the playoffs against the Saints.
Some needs I have noticed include: OL, CB, RB and P.
The Lions’ offensive line ranked in the top half of the league in preventing sacks and quarterback hits. But more depth at O-line should always be a priority. Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola have been mainstays in Detroit, but both players are beyond the peaks of their careers. Detroit should jump at the chance to inject some youth into its offensive front.
The NFL is becoming a pass-first league, which requires teams to have good talent at cornerback. When in a division with Aaron Rogers, this is vital or he will rip you apart throughout the game. If he is still on the board, North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins would be the best selection.
Jahvid Best is a great young and fast running back. But with repeated concussions, he stays out of the game too much. Mikell Leshoure, who missed his rookie year, will have some playing time this season to showcase himself. But I still think another running back is needed for Detroit. If LaMichael James falls in the draft, I see the Lions selecting him.
Special teams have been a struggle for the Lions this year, because the team, as a whole, lacks depth. At punter, Ryan Donahue and Ben Graham have been adequate, but neither is a game-changer. Florida State’s Shuan Powell would be well-worth a selection on day three of the draft.