Detroit Lions: Offseason Needs
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Rd 1, Pick 13 (13)
Rd 2, Pick 12 (44)
Rd 3, Pick 11 (75)
Rd 4, Pick 10 (107)
Rd 5, Pick 23 (154)
Rd 7, Pick 2 (205)
1. LT: While the Lions limited the number of sacks they gave up last season they did so at the cost of not stretching the field, which led to a low ypa average for them. They also had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league last season, and while part of the blame can be on the running backs the offensive line has it share to carry as well. This is a kill two birds with one stone sort of move, as they can move Jeff Backus to RT, where he is better suited anyways. Backus is a slightly above-average LT, but would probably be a very good RT as it is more suited to his strengths. As for former 1st round pick Gosder Cherilus, he is coming off a microfracture surgery so it will be a long road to recovery. When he does return (which isn’t a guarantee) he might be better served moving inside where he might not have to move as much. Add an LT really strengthens the Lions line and will help ensure their offense clicks on all cylinders next year.
2. Outside Linebackers x2: Detroit’s OLB’s were perhaps the worst in the NFL last season adding two starting quality guys is paramount if they want to take their defense to the next level.
3. Cornerbacks x2: The Lions might be able to get by with adding one if they resign Chris Houston. But one way or another this position is in a major need of an overhaul.
4. Defensive Tackle: I know DT doesn’t seem like a big need with Suh and Corey Williams, but you need at least 3 competent tackles to run a 4-3, so adding some quality depth here could be key.
5. Center: Dominic Riaola is starting to show signs of wearing down, and even at his best last season was just average. The Lions should look at add a late rounder who can maybe be a starter within a year.
6. Defensive End: The Lions have some good depth here, but they could use another defensive end if Turk McBride leaves in free agency.
7. RB: The Lions could use a big power back to compliment Javid Best and hopefully give Detroit a balanced attack.
8. WR: Calvin Johnson is an elite talent but beyond him the Lions are pretty thin. Nate Burleson is pretty solid, but he’s not exactly a top notch number 2. Bryant Johnson has been a huge disappointment and will likely be cut this offseason. Derrick Williams has been a huge disappointment, and is definitely not guaranteed a roster spot next year. Adding a solid late round prospect who could maybe surprise and be a 3 or a 4 for Detroit is a sound strategy.
The Lions are a team on the rise, and if they can add a LT and some LB’s and CB’s this team could really go far next season. If a top CB or OT aren’t on the board at 13 don’t be shocked to see the Lions trade back to add some extra picks.