The long nightmare is over. Fans can take the paper bags off their heads and put the Rolaids away. The Detroit Lions' disasterous season has finally ended. Now everyone can move on to more positive things—namely the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Lions have many needs to address this offseason and the draft will surely be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. That's because they aren't looking to rebuild. They had a disappointing year, but blowing this team up and starting over would be a mistake.
Continuity is essential to build a winner in the NFL and the Lions need to keep their nucleus intact as best they can.
Despite what ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports, that means the coach and general manager too.
They do need to improve the talent that surrounds Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson though.
That will be the challenge of the offseason. With over 20 players, mostly on defense, entering free agency the Lions will have some hard decisions to make about who to keep and who to let go.
That's where the draft comes in. They need to stock their cupboards with talented youngsters as always, but they're also looking for players who could fill in for departed free agents and contribute immediately.
Here are the five biggest draft needs for the Lions in 2013.