2014 draft picks: 1st round (10), 2(45), 3(76), 4(111), 4(133), 4(136), 6(189), 7(227)
How did this team finish with only six wins after a 5-3 first half [of the season]?
The Lions lousy finish cost coach Jim Schwartz his job. It's now Jim Caldwell's team, as he takes the reins of this talented offensive team. They have one of the best pitch and catch combinations in the NFL in quarterback Matt Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Still there are some holes on the offense and certainly a few pressing needs on the other side of the ball.
1. Defensive Backs
Some will scream that getting another wide receiver to compliment Megatron is the most pressing need. While it's true the Lions need a viable No. 2 wide receiver, they have to get stronger at both cornerback and safety. It will be very interesting to see what they ultimately do in the No. 10 hole. There is a good chance they could go wide receiver there or perhaps that's where they land a defensive back. Detroit could even try and trade back. Either way, they need to land a good player at cornerback and safety to help bolster their pass defense.
Detroit does need to find another wide receiver opposite Johnson. They will be in prime position with their first pick and there is a chance Mike Evans could be there. But remember, it's an unbelievably deep year at this position and there's no question they could get a very good wide receiver in round two and even likely in round three. The Lions did sign Golden Tate via free agency and he will certainly help. But they do need one more piece on the outside.
3. Defensive Line
All of a sudden you wonder about the future of Nick Fairley and the Lions after Detroit made this defensive tackle from Auburn their first round pick a few seasons ago. Now the Lions say they will not exercise his option in 2015, meaning he would be a free agent after this season. Would that open the door for Detroit to draft Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 10? He's certainly a top ten talent that doesn't need to be motivated. It would be a very interesting move considering their more pressing needs in the secondary and at wide receiver. The Lions could also be in play for another defensive end, especially after losing Willie Young in free agency.