Safety may or may not be a major need. It depends on the status of veteran starter Louis Delmas, who is a potential salary-cap casualty.
If he departs, the need for a safety would go from secondary to pressing.
In this draft, there does not appear to be a safety worthy of the 10th overall pick. The top-rated safety at CBS Sports is Alabama's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, currently sitting at 20th overall. Taking him at the 10th spot is a reach, but he's not going to fall to the second round.
That makes Washington State's Deone Bucannon the best fit for the Lions in this draft.
He has excellent size, measuring in at the Senior Bowl at 6'1" and a sculpted 216 pounds. He has great length as well, but what makes him special is his seek-and-destroy playing style. He also sports an opportunistic flair.
Delmas plays that way too, but Bucannon is more responsible with his hitting. He takes better angles, something which Lions fans would welcome. He does a fine job keeping his eyes up and the ball in front of him.
After a strong performance during Senior Bowl week, he elevated his stock to where it would not be a reach for Detroit to take him at No. 45 overall. His ceiling is higher than the player to whom he's compared, James Ihedigbo.
Another option could be Baylor's Ahmad Dixon. He's not quite as big but plays with the same sledgehammer style. Bucannon is a little rangier in coverage, although Dixon appears better in the short area.
A third option would be Northern Illinois playmaker Jimmie Ward. He proved during Senior Bowl week that he's capable of playing with the big boys. He has Delmas' knack for coming up with the football, as well as throwing his weight around as a punishing hitter.