The Detroit Lions are more concerned with drafting talent than need.
Or that's what they say, at least. The reality is that the Lions won't let team needs dictate who they draft, but they won't spend a pick on a player they can't use.
Therefore, by default, they kind of have to draft players they need.
But then, the Lions have more "needs" than most recognize, despite the fact that the team is better constructed now than it has been in decades. Some of those needs are immediate, some are more depth-related, and some are delayed needs that won't materialize in for another year or two.
But still, these are all team needs, and all have the potential to be addressed in next month's draft. Not all of them will, of course, and the ones that do get addressed might be surprising compared with the ones that don't (as usual).
So with no regard for order, or severity of these needs, here are the areas the Lions could reasonably address in the 2012 NFL Draft.