What is the Detroit Lions’ most pressing need heading into the NFL Draft?
20man: Good question, because I consider these two groups to be the greatest positions of need, with cornerback just in third place.
I would probably lean towards the linebacker. Jamie Collins Sr. is back and I like Alex Anzalone’s signing, but after that there are still a lot of question marks at Linebacker.
The problem is the value at # 7 with the linebackers. It could be a touch high for a man like Micah Parsons of Penn State or Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of Notre Dame, who are arguably the two best prospects at LB. It will really just depend on the Lions ranking both perspectives. If Detroit comes out of the top 10 again, the value is likely a little better for these guys.
During a national conference call with NFL network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who I think is one of the best design analysts in the business, Jeremiah said this was a very deep class of off-the-ball linebackers. He said there will be people who will be accepted into the second day and have an immediate impact.
We all know how stacked the receiver class is, so this is a great design for a team that needs receivers and linebackers.