Free agency has a way of changing the needs for teams leading up to the draft.
This past week in Detroit is a perfect example of that. Offensive line was a position the Lions needed to upgrade this offseason either through free agency or the draft. Lions GM Bob Quinn made those upgrades in free agency by signing
A week into free agency, at what positions do the Lions still need to improve?
1. Pass rusher
Detroit ranked 30th in sacks last season and their edge rushers accounted for just 18.5 sacks combined. An ankle injury nagged Ziggy Ansah all last season and was part of the problem, but still the Lions need more production from that group.
This draft class is loaded with pass rushers. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock recently said this class is so loaded that players taken in the fourth round this year would be off the board in round two in other years. I expect the Lions to get themselves a pass rusher early in the draft, potentially at pick 21.
The team released DeAndre Levy at the start of free agency. Injuries zapped Levy’s production the last two seasons, and it was time for the team to move on.
It was a position that lacked playmaking ability last season, and still needs an infusion of talent and depth.
The Lions are still thin at receiver behind
Andre Roberts, who was Detroit’s primary kick return man and fourth receiver last year, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent.
4. Running back
The Lions are much better upfront along their offensive line with the additions of Wagner and Lang. Their arrival, along with the signing of veteran blocking tight end Brandon Fells, should help the run game significantly.
The signing of D.J. Hayden adds depth to the unit. He’s likely to compete for a starting spot with either
This is a very good draft for cornerbacks. Cornerbacks are kind of like pass rushers in that a team can never have enough good ones. It’s historically the most injured position on the field, so having great depth is a must.