Pre-Draft Needs: DE, CB, SS, DT, RB
Round 1-Ndamukong Suh/DT - Head coach Jim Schwartz was looking to add an impact player to his defense, and he was able to do that with Suh. Adding him to the front-four along with free-agent signee Kyle Vanden Bosch should really upgrade Detroit's defense.
Round 1-Jahvid Best/RB - Because starting RB Kevin Smith is coming back from a torn ACL, the Lions needed to add another running back. They did that and more with the speedy Best. It remains to be seen how many carries he can handle, but Best's versatility should get him on the field quite a bit this season as a rookie.
Round 3-Amari Spievey/CB - He should be able to challenge for a nickel role this season, but Spievey projects to be a starter down the line. The Lions got a decent value here.
Round 4-Jason Fox/OLT - NFL Films personnel analyst Greg Cosell believes Fox projects to eventually be a starter at the next level. Fox could be the long-term replacement for starting LT Jeff Backus.
Round 7-Willie Young/DE - Some personnel evaluators believe Young should have been selected higher based on his solid production at the collegiate level. Young has a legitimate chance to make the team if he has a strong training camp and preseason.
Round 7-Tim Toone/WR - This year's Mr. Irrelevant projects to be a practice squad candidate since there are five receivers that are pretty much locks to make the final roster coming out of the preseason.
Cornerback - While they drafted Spievey, Chris Houston hasn't been very
consistent the past few seasons. None of the other cornerbacks on their 80-man
roster appear to be capable of starting for 16 games.
Defensive End - After releasing veteran Dewayne White, defensive end became a pretty big need for the Lions, yet they didn't address it until the seventh round. They must add a few more quality pass rushers in order for this defense to be able to stop high-powered offenses.
Strong Safety - The team has three players that will contend for the starting role, but it remains to be seen if any of them are starter quality.