Top positions of need for Detroit Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft

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The 2020 NFL Draft is right around the corner and the Detroit Lions have much to prepare for. Here are four of the most pressing needs they have to address.

After a neutral 2020 offseason, the Detroit Lions have left the biggest changes to the roster up to the 2020 NFL Draft. If they are to be serious contenders next year, they will need to hit on most of their draft picks and have them play meaningful roles in their rookie seasons.

They added a good cornerback to the roster in former Atlanta Falcon Desmond Trufant but negated that signing by trading away elite cornerback Darius Slay. The signed a couple of interior defensive linemen who will be good role players but also lost multiple ones in A’Shawn Robinson, Mike Daniels, and Damon Harrison.

To make matters worse, they lost their best offensive guard, Graham Glasgow, to the Denver Broncos and have no apparent replacement who has shown the ability to play at an even league-average level. They did at least upgrade at the linebacker position, adding Jamie Collins to the roster. But still, that group shouldn’t be done with additions either.

Unfortunately, there are numerous areas of the team that need to be added to and the Lions might not have enough early picks to fill them all. It will likely be whether or not they make the right choices on day three that determines the overall effectiveness of the 2020 draft class.

While there will need to be additions to positions such as wide receiver, tight end, and linebacker; much larger needs lurk elsewhere on the team. Such examples are areas like the defensive line. Let’s delve into those needs and who the Lions might be interested in to solve their problems.