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3 Positions the Lions Need to Address in 2021 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three positions that the Detroit Lions need to address at the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three positions that the Detroit Lions need to address at the 2021 NFL Draft. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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After another disappointing season that saw them miss the playoffs, the Detroit Lions needed a change. Matthew Stafford is now gone and Jared Goff will take over as the new quarterback in town. If the Lions want to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2016, some holes need to be filled. They'll have a crack at doing that in the upcoming draft.

They'll head into the 2021 NFL Draft with the 7th overall selection, along with five other picks. While there are rumors that the Lions could trade down, that doesn't change the fact they can't afford to waste any of their picks.

With that being said, here's a look at three positions that the Lions need to address at next week's draft.

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3. Quarterback

Having the No. 7 pick means that the Lions have a good shot at finding a signal-caller that they can build their franchise around. With names like Mac Jones and Justin Fields projected to be top-10 picks, Detroit could get someone special. Or, if they want to give Jared Goff a solid shake, they can use the 7th overall selection on another position and grab a "project" quarterback in Round 2 or 3 where they have three total picks.

2. Cornerback

To say that the Lions' pass defense last season was disappointing would be an understatement. The team allowed 284.9 passing yards (31st) and 2.4 passing touchdowns (32nd) per game. So yeah, they could use some secondary help. Fortunately, with the Lions drafting as high as they are, they'll have the opportunity to draft the best cornerback talents in the draft, like Alabama's Patrick Surtain II. He had the highest overall ProFootballFocus grade at his position last season at 89.9.

1. Wide Receiver

Even though the Lions didn't have the worst offense last season, their unit took quite a blow in the offseason when wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones left in free agency. Now, the Lions have Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman as their top pass-catchers. That won't cut it if they want to be competitive. If Detroit isn't at on taking a quarterback in Round 1, they could potentially use that pick on one of the top receivers in the class, such as Ja'Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith.


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