Complete Draft Needs Breakdown for Detroit Lions

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Complete Draft Needs Breakdown for Detroit Lions
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Expected to compete for their second straight playoff berth, the Detroit Lions' 2012 season was full of in-fighting and bitter disappointment.

The Lions finished 4-12 record, including an eight-game losing streak to end the season. Their biggest problem was a lack of discipline in close games, as nine of their 12 losses came by one score or less. 

That led many to believe head coach Jim Schwartz would see the chopping block after the season. However, the Detroit coach survived Black Monday, and it looks like the Ford family will give him at least one more year to right the ship.

To put it mildly, Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew have their work cut out for them. The Lions have 24 players hitting free agency this offseason and a salary cap situation that most would describe as untenable at best.

In other words, changes are coming in droves. Who will the Lions target on draft day and who will return?

Here is a look at a complete breakdown of Detroit's biggest strengths and draft needs heading into the 2013 offseason. 

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