The Detroit Lions did not get enough credit for their defensive secondary that performed better than anyone had expected despite their disappointing season. Still, cornerback is their top need due to injuries and inconsistent play. An elite corner should be available in the first round and they should look to add another defensive back in the later rounds of the draft or a solid player in free agency.
Possible Fits: Patrick Peterson (CB, LSU), Prince Amukamara(CB, Nebraska), Janoris Jenkins (CB, Florida), Aaron Williams (CB, Texas)
With the addition of Alphonso Smith to the Lions secondary, some would argue that linebacker is a bigger need for Detroit than the defensive secondary. There is no doubt that the Lions need a couple of capable play makers at linebacker this off season. Many feel that Greg Jones from Michigan State will be the pick if available in the early second round. Here are a few other possibilities if they fall to the second round, I would be surprised if the Lions did not use their first pick for a corner and second for a linebacker.
Possible Fits: Greg Jones (ILB, MSU), Akeem Ayers (OLB, UCLA), Von Miller (OLB, Texas A&M), Bruce Carter (OLB, North Carolina)
#3. Offensive Line
What a different season it would have been if Matthew Stafford could have stayed healthy. The first separated shoulder he suffered during week one against the Bears was caused by a blown assignment on the offensive line giving Julius Peppers a free shot at Stafford. The line has gotten better, but still needs improvement to keep whoever is playing quarterback on their feet. Detroit needs to stockpile as many offensive lineman as they can at this point. Rob Sims was a great start. Trading down in the first round could allow the Lions to get a corner, linebacker, and offensive lineman in the first two rounds or possibly into the early third round.
Possible Fits: Rodney Hudson (OG, FSU), Mike Pouncey (C/OG, Florida), Derek Sherrod (OT, Miss. State), Anthony Castonzo (OT, BC)
Stafford remains beaten in the backfield and Stanton has shown he will never turn into a starting quarterback. Shaun Hill has been a very capable backup, but the Lions need someone who can learn the system and eventually compete with Stafford for the starting job. A quarterback controversy is not what any team needs, but due to his constant injury problems, the Lions need to prepare for him to go down again. A quarterback who slips down into the 4th-7th round would not be a bad pickup for the Lions future.
Possible Fits: Jerrod Johnson (QB, Texas A&M), Greg McElroy (QB, Alabama), Ben Chappell (QB, Indiana)
Jason Hanson is past his prime and it is time to pick another franchise kicker. A 6th or 7th round pick should be spent to pick up a kicker for kickoffs and field goals.
Possible Fits: Kai Forbath (K, UCLA), Alex Henery (K, Nebraska), Josh Jasper (K, LSU)