Detroit Lions: Top 5 Draft Targets

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Detroit Lions: Top 5 Draft Targets
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The Detroit Lions are coming off of one of the best seasons we have seen from the team in the last 20 years.

They started out extremely strong, cooled a bit in the middle of the year and then closed out strong.

In the playoffs, they came up against a very tough New Orleans team at home, but for one half, they had Lions fans thinking upset.

So what's next for this team?

First off, they have some in-house business to take care of.

They have a number of free agents who they need to re-sign, and in order to do so, they will need to restructure Calvin Johnson's deal and get the talented wide receiver locked up for the foreseeable future.

Lucky for Detroit, they have a lot more answers than they do questions.

Provided they re-sign Stephen Tulloch and Cliff Avril, they have a very strong front seven.

Their wide receivers are top shelf, their specialists are solid, and they have the most important position covered—a franchise quarterback.

But that's not to say that this team is perfect.

Their cornerbacks improved over the course of the year, but they still are a weak spot with this defense. 

The running game was nearly non-existent for the majority of the season. And while many are hopeful that last year's draft pick Mikel Leshoure returns from injury, they still will need to get more depth at the position.

The offensive line was better than expected, but they're starting to get long in the tooth at left tackle and center, and they need to bring in some young bodies.

Overall, the future looks bright for Detroit, and as a result, they're drafting much lower in the first round than in previous years. 

That being said, there should still be some serious talent left on the board for Detroit.

Here are the top five first-round targets for the Lions.

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