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

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4. Cornerback

The Detroit Lions finally did the previously unthinkable and traded away former All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay. From the Philadelphia Eagles, they recouped a third and fifth-round pick in the draft. After trading away the star corner they did their best to replace him in free agency, but will still need to add at least one more to the roster via the 2020 NFL Draft.

To replace Slay, they signed Desmond Trufant. Trufant is a former Pro-Bowl corner and was once considered one of the top players at his position before injuries dragged him down. If he can avoid injuries, he could fill the void left by Slay, as he was arguably the better corner of the two when on the field in 2019.

Backing up Trufant, the Lions have promising rookie Amani Oruwariye, return man Jamal Agnew, and slot corner Justin Coleman. The Lions will definitely need to add a corner or two in the draft to gain both quality players and depth for the upcoming 2020 season.

In the first round, they should have all eyes on Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah. If they can’t add him to the roster, however, then Alabama’s Trevon Diggs or Auburn’s Noah Igbonoghene will likely be in play. Should they double up at the position, then Nebraska corner Lamar Jackson or Tulsa’s Reggie Robinson would be interesting options to add to the team.