Last season was a major disappointment for a Detroit Lions team that was coming off its first playoff appearance in a long time. Getting this franchise back on track won't be easy. The loss of several players this offseason created big holes.
Detroit's decision to release Kyle Vanden Bosch and failure to re-sign Cliff Avril make adding a pass-rusher in the draft a necessity. The dilemma comes in deciding when to target this position.
This is an issue because the Lions also have to replace both starting offensive tackles. Detroit wasn't prepared to match the Indianapolis Colts' offer to Gosder Cherilus, and Jeff Backus decided to retire.
With the No. 5 pick, the Lions will have a chance to add an immediate starter at either position. It's up to Martin Mayhew and company to decide which position is more important.
The offensive tackles who could be on the board at this spot are Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. Oregon's Dion Jordan, LSU's Barkevious Mingo and BYU's Ezekiel Ansah are among the pass-rushers who could be available.
While addressing the need for an offensive tackle and pass-rusher is necessary, the Lions also need to consider adding help at cornerback.