Many people expect the Lions to take a running back or offensive tackle with the 15th pick in the draft.
The Lions certainly are looking to address those positions in the draft, and offensive coordinator Jim Colletto says they consider running back a slightly higher priority at this point.
But Colletto also hinted they might wait until a little later on those positions and use the 15th pick on defense.
"We're looking in the draft at offensive linemen and running backs," Colletto said. "It all depends on what pops up at the time we pick. But I also know from my trials and tribulations as a head coach, you better be good on defense first, and I think that's the orientation we're going in."
Between running back and offensive tackle, is one need much greater than the other?
"I'm not sure yet," Colletto said. "But I think if you had to rank one over the other, it probably would lean a little bit toward running back at this point. But I don't know. We'll take either one if they fit the bill."
The Lions plan to be more balanced this year, after two years in Mike Martz's pass-heavy system. But they are thin at running back, and right tackle is a question mark. They think the draft is deep enough in both positions.
"We do," Colletto said. "That's the one nice thing. We have, I think, two picks in the third round. So we think the guys we're interested in - and as you know, it changes at a moment's notice - might be there when the time comes."
If the Lions use the 15th pick on defense, it could be on a defensive end if Derrick Harvey falls. It seems less likely they will use a high pick on a cornerback now that they have added Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly, while re-signing Travis Fisher and Keith Smith.