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10 QUESTIONS WITH TWENTYMAN: Will Lions go offense or defense with the No. 8 pick?

From time to time this offseason Tim Twentyman will answer 10 good questions from his Twitter account @ttwentyman in a feature we call "10 Questions with Twentyman."

20man: Lions GM Bob Quinn said after the season he needs playmakers on both sides of the ball.

This draft is loaded with top 10 talent on defense. Not so much on offense, unless you're looking for a quarterback. There isn't a Saquon Barkley or Quenton Nelson in this draft.

The Lions had just 14 total takeaways and seven interceptions this past season. Both were the second fewest in the NFL. They need playmakers on defense, and this is a good draft to snag one at No. 8.

20man: Sweat made himself some money in Mobile. I wouldn't be surprised if he creeps into the conversation of being a top 10 pick, as long as he tests well at the Combine next month and has a good pro day. I was really impressed watching him live at practice. He has a terrific combination of size and strength.

I was also impressed with some of the slot receivers at the Senior Bowl. Deebo Samuel (South Carolina), Andy Isabella (Umass), Terry McLaurin (Ohio State) and Penny Hart (Georgia State) are a few names to consider on Day 2 and the middle rounds.

A couple defensive backs to watch in the pre-draft testing are Houston's Isaiah Johnson (6-2, 207) and Kentucky's Lonnie Johnson (6-2, 210). They both have terrific length. I also liked the kid out of Penn State, Amani Oruwariye.

Michigan's Karan Higdon and Notre Dame's Dexter Williams could add running back depth in the middle rounds.

20man: As we talked about at the top, Quinn is on the lookout for playmakers. Looking back at the last five drafts, there have been 25 Pro Bowlers that have been top 10 picks. That's half of all the top 10 picks the last five years. That number drops to 15 from picks 11-20 over the last five years. It drops to just five from picks 21-30.

The odds of getting a Pro Bowl caliber player selecting the top 10 is about 50 percent. It's 30 percent drafting 11-20 and just 10 percent drafting 21-30.

It's prudent to listen to every offer that comes across the phone, but it will have to be a really good one get out of the top 10, where teams have the best odds of landing an immediate impact player.

20man: There's a lot to unravel there. First, this is assuming the door is closed on a T.J. Lang return to Detroit. Some things need to be worked out on that front, no doubt, but I talked to Lang right after the season, and he didn't sound like a guy who wanted his career to end on IR.

Paradis is considered by most to be the best center available right now, but a lot can happen in free agency. Maybe he never gets there. Kansas City's Mitch Morse in another name at center.

The great thing about Glasgow is his versatility. Maybe the Lions like a free agent guard or one in the draft, then they can keep Glasgow at center. They can move him to guard. The same with Frank Ragnow. They have options in that regard.

As for the final part of your question, for me, it's tight end. That can be such a dynamic position with the right player -- A matchup nightmare for defenses, especially in the red zone, an area where the Lions settled for too many Matt Prater field goals this season.

20man: I'd be really surprised by that. Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have publicly thrown their support behind Stafford. The Lions plan to be more balanced on offense under new coordinator Darrell Bevell. They'll likely continue to work to place weapons around Stafford. He's their guy.

Drafting a quarterback in the middle or late rounds certainly isn't out of the question, however.

20man: This is a loaded tight end class. There could be as many as six tight ends chosen in the first 100 picks. The consensus top three at the position are T.J. Hockenson (Iowa), Noah Fant (Iowa) and Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama).

I don't know if all three will go in the first round. My guess is no, and there will be a run on the position early in Day 2. If one of the top three is available early in Day 2, it could be hard to pass given the lack of production the Lions received from the position in 2018. That, of course, is assuming Detroit's needs at tight end aren't addressed in free agency before the draft.

20man: I think No. 8 is a little too early for a tight end. I don't see a receiver going that high, unless they really fall in love with one in the pre-draft process. There isn't a top guard prospect this year.

If they trade the pick and move back, I think the offensive side of the ball is more in play, but if they stay at No. 8, it seems a defensive player is most likely.

20man: Edge, CB, TE, WR, IOL, LB, S

20man: Brown is obviously a terrific talent, but personally, I'm not so sure he'd be a fit in Detroit. Not only will he be 31 next season and have a big cap number, but some of the problems he's had off the field don't seem in line with what Quinn and Patricia are trying to build.

20man: I'd bet the over.

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