Heading into the 2011 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have more needs than people think according to general manager Martin Mayhew. It's a good thing the Lions have had success in the past couple of drafts under this current regime.
With six picks in seven rounds, the Lions have an opportunity to fill a number of needs with potential starters or high-level backups.
Head coach Jim Schwartz believes in building in the trenches, and many fans feel both offensive line and defensive ends could be a focal point of this draft. In addition, the linebacking and defensive back corps were decimated by injuries in 2010 and picked apart by opposing quarterbacks.
Moreover, the Lions will look to help Matthew Stafford by finding a slot-speed receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson and a running back to pair with Jahvid Best.
To fill those needs, Detroit Lions should make these picks starting Thursday.