Detroit Lions 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft

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Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions were a surprise playoff team in 2011 after going 10-6. They lost to the Saints in the first round but it was a step forward, being their first trip to the playoffs since 1999. However the team took a huge step back this past year, finishing the season 4-12 and earning the 5th pick in the draft. After throwing for 5,000 yards and 41 TD’s in 2011 Staffords numbers came back down drastically. While still throwing for almost 5,000 yards he only had 20 TDs and threw 17 INTs. The offense finished 3rd in the league in yards per game, but only finished 17th in ppg. That was largely to being the 3rd worst in the NFL with a -16 turnover differential. They also had the 5th worst defense in the NFL in points per game.

Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) breaks up a touchdown pass intended for Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Dee Milliner – The Lions secondary is really bad. It is probably the biggest weakness of this team. They did resign Chris Houston who would be a very good #2 CB for this team. With the resigning of Louis Delmas and the signing of Glover Quinn, they have a good tandem of safeties if Delmas can stay healthy. Adding Dee Milliner to that secondary will turn what was a weakness last year into one that has a lot of talent this year. Milliner is easily the best CB in the draft and adding him would be a huge when you are in a division with Aaron Rodgers.

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