After a season in which the Lions produced just 34 sacks, a pass-rusher is clearly high on their offseason wish list.
And to make matters worse, over half of those sacks may not be returning.
Earlier this offseason, the Lions parted ways with veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, and free agents-to-be Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson will soon join him on the open market.
With reports that Avril would like to sign a Mario Williams-like contract, a return to Detroit seems unlikely.
Fortunately for general manager Martin Mayhew, this is one of the deepest classes in recent memory for quality pass-rushers.
The Lions, who own the fifth pick in April's draft, are in prime position to land one of the premier pass-rushers in this class.
Here's a list of the top five prospects the Lions should target in an effort to bolster their weak pass rush.