With an epic, yet ultimately losing effort against the Houston Texans in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions have put themselves On The Clock for the 2013 NFL draft.
Yes, there are still games to be played—which should serve as valuable time for personnel evaluation on both sides of the ball—but for all intents and purposes, it's time for Detroit to look forward to the offseason.
In the video above, my colleague Matt Miller and I look at what areas of need Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will be paying particular attention to once the offseason rolls around.
While Mayhew has been a pretty big proponent of actually drafting who he feels is the best player on the board, rather than just paying that practice lip service and then reaching for need like many of his peers, it may be time for the Lions to bend that rule a bit and focus on their secondary early and often.
With their issues in regards to Titus Young, the drafting of Ryan Broyles makes perfect sense and the drafting of Riley Reiff can be chalked up to a general manger wanting to protect his franchise quarterback. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
But waiting until the third round to select a diminutive defensive back just won't cut it this year. The Lions could probably use an injection of youth at defensive end and they could stand to supplement their linebacking corps (who I personally think have played pretty well this year), but they are in desperate need of a talent infusion in their secondary.
Let us know in the comments below what the Lions need to come away with in the 2013 draft.