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Lions Draft Picks, Team Needs & First Round Betting Odds

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Lions Draft Picks

Picks (6)

Lions Draft Odds

Position of First Pick Odds
Offense -305
Defense +230
Odds as of late Wednesday and via DraftKings.
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Lions Draft Needs

by Samantha Previte

  • WR: The Lions’ glaring need is at receiver after the departures of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Next up on the depth chart are Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, Quintez Cephus and Geronimo Allison — none of whom inspire much fear. They’ll also be catching passes from former Rams signal-caller Jared Goff, who has been surrounded by strong receivers his entire career. Detroit will need to make a high-profile addition at the position heading into 2021.
  • OL: Detroit’s offensive line allowed the 10th-most sacks per game (2.6) last season
  • DL/LB: Detroit’s defensive line wasn’t any better and ranked 26th in the NFL in sacks per game (1.5) and 28th in rushing yards per game (134.9). The Lions desperately need an edge rusher and tackle.
  • CB/S: In spite of using a high draft pick on Jeff Okudah in 2020, he missed nearly half the season due to injuries, and the team’s secondary was highly exploitable and ranked third-worst in the NFL in passing yards per game (284.9) last year.

by Chris Raybon

  • WR: Jared Goff was merely a league-average quarterback throwing to the likes of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, so a depth chart led by Perriman, Williams, Cephus and Kalif Raymond does not bode well. The Lions also don’t have a true slot receiver on the roster.
  • RT: Tyrell Crosby has graded out as below-average tackle for two straight seasons, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggled to beat out Crosby and spent most of his time at guard.
  • G: Vaitai and Jonah Jackson turned in subpar play in 2020, grading out 54th and 60th among 86 qualified guards. Jackson was the No. 75 overall pick in 2020 and should be given time to improve, so the Lions can’t afford another shaky year from Vaitai. They also have 2020 fourth-rounder Logan Stenberg, a project who didn’t play an offensive snap.
  • DT: The Lions will likely rely on a nose tackle in certain packages, but they released Danny Shelton and could stand to upgrade from 2020 sixth-rounder John Pensini, who graded in the sixth-percentile among interior lineman as a rookie.
  • LB: Jahlani Tavai graded out 86th of 89 linebackers last season and is a poor scheme fit, so the Lions need another piece alongside Jamie Collins (28th) and Alex Anzalone (33rd).
  • CB: Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick in 2020, has to take a major step forward after grading 125th of 136 qualified corners in Year 1. And 2019 fifth-rounder Armani Oruwariye (108th) and veteran free-agent signee Quinton Dunbar (119th) also failed to crack the top 100. Former Panther Corn Elder (36th) should never be the highest-graded player on the depth chart.
  • S: Projected starters Tracy Walker and Will Harris graded 86th and 88th among 99 qualified safeties last season.
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