Detroit Lions: Late-round sleeper targets in 2020 NFL Draft

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With the start of the 2020 NFL Draft nearing, it is time to explore six offensive and four defensive late-round sleepers for the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions will soon be making their picks for the 2020 NFL Draft. They currently sit at third overall, but many believe they will choose to trade down instead of staying put at three overall. But this is about which positions and players are to be watched in the late rounds as potential sleepers.

Detroit must take special care to draft an offensive lineman early, especially one that can start as early as day one on the interior. However, it would not be the worst idea for the Lions to double up on the interior of their line late day three to build up their depth along the offensive line. It may also come to pass that the Lions add a late-round offensive tackle to the roster.

Skill position-wise, general manager Bob Quinn needs to keep an eye out for value on day three at the tight-end position. He may also choose to draft a young back-up with promising traits to sit behind and learn from starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, one of the best in the business right now. Adding a later running back and wide receiver may also be a move made by the Lions front office, though adding a day one or two wide-out would be best for the team seeing as how it’s possible that Detroit could lose two of their top three receivers after the season is over.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions will need to add an off-ball linebacker or defensive utility player to help strengthen the middle of the defense. While an interior rusher is needed as well, it is possible that with the array of needs this team has, that position will need to wait until day three to be addressed.

If that is the case then Detroit will need to make sure that they have pegged an underrated interior defender that can be a promising role player as early as day one. It should also not be ignored that there is a strong possibility that the front office adds extra secondary help on day three of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Overall many unknown or little known players in the 2020 NFL Draft could help boost the Detroit Lions’ team, even as soon as 2020. Look on ahead to view six offensive players that could be late-round sleeper targets and four defensive sleepers.