Detroit Lions Post-Draft Wish List
That's where I come in—I'm good at pointing out other people's flaws.
Anyways, there are a couple of routes still available for the Lions, who can sign an undrafted free agent, find a veteran that still doesn't have a home or see how the trade market is shaping up.
Whatever their means, the Lions need to do something to address the following issues.
Defensive Tackle Depth
Surprisingly, the Lions didn't take a single defensive tackle in the draft. For a regime that loves their big men so much, they sure are skating on thin ice heading into minicamp.
However, there's an answer floating out there and it's Abry Jones, the big defensive tackle from Georgia, who would be a solid fit as an unsigned free agent.
Jones isn't going to provide the pass rush that the starters can bring, but he's stout against the run and can collapse the pocket every now and then.
Offensive Line Depth
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
That is a corny way of saying that the Lions need to find some more help on their offensive line. Detroit's starting lineup currently includes either Jason Fox or Corey Hilliard.
That may or may not be a good thing. Hilliard is a solid utility man who can provide depth, but I'm not sold on him or Fox as a starter.
Ashlee Palmer is just a shade under mediocre. He finished the 2012 season with a -2.2 Pro Football Focus grade (subscription required), and now is going to be a starter.
Can he raise his game enough to not be the weak link? Possibly, but it's doubtful.
The thought was that the Lions would find somebody in the draft to fill that hole. It didn't happen and now the options are extremely limited.
Do the Lions Have a Kick Returner?
Martin Mayhew did pull the trigger on a potential kick returner, but putting all their faith in a sixth-rounder seems foolish.
There's a lot to like about Theo Riddick, who is a versatile running back with some experience returning kicks.
That doesn't mean the Lions shouldn't find another returner who can push him for the job. Every other year has a story about a return man going from driving a beer truck to scoring touchdowns. It can't hurt to try and replicate that success.
An Heir Apparant for Dominic Raiola
I know I've already talked about the need for offensive line depth, but this deserved its own slide.
Sure, I'm double-dipping, so sue me.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting the day when Dominic Raiola would be given his walking papers in favor of a better center. They had a point last year. Now, they have a drop-the-mic statement.
The Lions can't wait much longer to find who will replace the long-time Lions center. Otherwise, they'll have the same problem they currently have of replacing the recently retired Jeff Backus.