Darius Slay is returning, but he can't do it all by himself, so the Lions will give consideration to taking a corner with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The top players that should be availble are Adoree Jackson, and Quincy Wilson, as Jourdan Lewis' stock will plummet due to recent domestic violence charges. Detroit might also consider selecting Gareon Conley out of Ohio State.
Any of the above mentioned corners would give Detroit's secondary a boost. Wilson has the size, frame, and speed to also be utilized as a safety. If the Lions go secondary with this pick, Quincy Wilson is the likely pick. Though they may give consideration to selecting safety Tre"Davious White out of LSU, who can also line up as a corner.
Detroit also has a need to find a solid pass rusher off the edge this off-season. One particular prospect can be used either as a defensive end, or an outside linebacker, and that's Charles Harris out of Missouri.
Harris can line up as a three down defensive end, and he has the athleticism, skills set, and tools to become a Pro-Bowler at the next level. He would give the Lions' pass rush an upgrade, and production they haven't seen since before Avril departed.
Harris is the likely pick, because he can fill two needs (EDGE, or OLB) the Lions must fill this off-season. He has the potential to be 10+ sacks a season defensive end at the next level.
As mentioned above, Charles Harris can also fill the Lions' need for an outside linebacker. He would be a force for years to come at either position.
While Harris is loaded with upside, he's still very raw. If Haason Riddick is still on the board, the Lions would jump at the opportunity to take him off the board. Riddick would give the Lions the inside presence their linebacking core also needs entering the draft.
Detroit lost Riley Reiff to free agency (Minnesota) this off-season, so the Lions have a big need to fill at right tackle. Garett Bolles is will be the top tackle remaining when the Lions pick. Another possibility is they'll give Cam Robinson some consideration.
Another possibility with this pick is the Lions will add another big body to the interior of their offensive line. Forrest Lamp is the top rated guard in the draft, adding him to the Lions' existing offensive line will give Stafford more protection, and provide more daylight for the running game.
Detroit could also use this pick to bolster their depth at wide receiver. The top three receivers will likely be off the board, but if Davis, or Ross somehow drops this far the Lions will give upgrading receiving some consideration.
If the top three are off the board, then the Lions will pass on upgrading their receiving core, rather than reaching for a second round receiver. At some point in the draft the Lions will have to addreas adding depth at the position. Anquan Boldin isn't getting any younger.
If you were the GM of the Detroit Lions, who would you pick?
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