Detroit Lions Offseason Needs: Defense headlines long list of needs

Head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
Amon-Ra St. Brown #14 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

Detroit Lions Offseason Needs: Wide Receivers

Amon-Ra St. Brown was electric down the stretch for the Detroit Lions. After not finding the end zone until week 12, St. Brown scored six times over the last six weeks, including five receiving touchdowns. That potential is great, but he’s only one player.

Despite the late surge from St. Brown, the Lions still finished 30th in receiving yards per catch with a mark of 9.8. They also tied for the fewest receptions of 40+ yards with just five on the season. On top of that, the team could potentially lose Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond and Khadarel Hodge to free agency.

The good news is that this is a deep wide receiver class, and it’s a bit top heavy as well. Holding the final pick of the first round, the Lions could very easily add a first round wide receiver to this unit to compliment St. Brown on the outside and give Goff another weapon.

Even that pick won’t be enough, though. The Lions are going to need to add multiple wide receivers this offseason. The additions need to come from both free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft. If there’s a position that needs a true overhaul on this roster right now, it’s wide receivers. St. Brown is a great start, but the Lions need at least two more strong wide receivers to get this offense where it needs to be.