2014 NFL Draft: Updating The Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 NFL Draft: Updating The Detroit Lions' Biggest Needs

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The Detroit Lions have made a coaching change this offseason, and they have not been shy about making moves in free agency. This has drastically changed the team's priorities heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. With six weeks left until draft day, here are the five biggest needs the Lions will have to address during the draft.

5. DE

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5. DE

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The Lions drafted Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor last year, but they could use more depth up front, which is something they could look to do on Day 3 of the draft.

4. C

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4. C

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The Lions have re-signed Dominic Raiola, but he's 35 years old. It's time for Detroit to start thinking about his successor, and the Lions have three picks in the fourth round with which to find one. There should be a couple of centers available at that stage worth drafting, even if they need a year or two before they're ready to start.

3. WR

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3. WR

Calvin Johnson Lions
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Signing Golden Tate is a nice addition for the Detroit offense, but he's not quite the impact player the Lions want to complement Calvin Johnson. In this year's draft, there will be wide receivers available to the Lions in the first and second rounds that they'll be tempted to take.

2. S

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2. S

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The Lions had to cut Louis Delmas for cap reasons, and even though they signed James Ihedigbo to replace him, Detroit is still looking to upgrade at safety. They'll likely address that position before the end of Day 2.


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