After a decade of futility, the Detroit Lions returned to the playoffs in 2011, thanks to the explosive duo of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Detroit took a step back in 2012, however, finishing the season in last place in the NFC North with a 4-12 record.
Detroit lost Cliff Avril in free agency, but did sign Reggie Bush, Glover Quin and Jason Jones. Quin and Bush address immediate needs, and will help the Lions in 2013 -- but the Lions still need a strong draft class if they're going to challenge the Packers in the NFC North.
Top three needs
Defensive end - The Lions only have three defensive ends under contract, and the recently-signed Jones is the only one of the three to record a sack last season. Avril had 9.5 sacks for Detroit last season, and the Lions need to replace his production.
Offensive guard - Detroit's offensive line will look considerably different in 2013 than it did in 2012, as three members of Detroit's offensive line from a year ago are no longer with the team. Detroit needs to protect its prized quarterback, and need to fortify the offensive line to do so.
Offensive tackle - The Lions lost Jeff Backus to retirement this offseason, creating a void at left tackle. Backus was a stalwart on Detroit's offensive line for 12 seasons, and missed just two games in his entire career -- both in 2012.
Ideal pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU