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Detroit Lions 2016 draft: Updated team needs for Day 2 and potential targets

After solidifying the edges of the offensive line, here's a look at what the Lions should be targeting in the second round and beyond.

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With Thursday night's selection of Taylor Decker, the Detroit Lions filled a major need at offensive tackle. The rotating carousel at right tackle has been plaguing the team for years now, and the Lions hope Decker will finally stop the bleeding.

But Detroit still has plenty of other positional gaps to fill during the remaining six rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft. Here's a look at the Lions' biggest team needs, starting with their most pressing area.

1. Defensive end

Detroit still only has three defensive ends currently under contract and arguably only one starter. Devin Taylor could blossom into the Lions' starting left end, but he was best served as a rotational player in 2015. Even if the Lions view Taylor as a starter, they absolutely need depth at this position.

Potential Day 2 targets: Kevin Dodd (Clemson), Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State), Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky)

2. Strong safety

The Lions have a couple of guys on roster that can play the position if the Lions fail to pick someone up in the draft, but Detroit should feel more comfortable with guys like Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson coming off the bench. The Lions could use a stud to play alongside Glover Quin.

Potential Day 2 targets: Justin Simmons (Boston College), S'ua Cravens (USC), Jeremy Cash (Duke)

3. Defensive tackle

While Detroit has a squad full of enough defensive tackle depth to man a decent 2016 team, they have no plan for their future. Haloti Ngata is likely in the middle of his farewell tour, while nearly every other defensive tackle's contract expires by 2017. The Lions need someone they can count on for the future. Luckily, defensive tackle remains one of the deepest positions in this year's draft.

Potential Day 2 targets: A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama), Andrew Billings (Baylor), Chris Jones (Mississippi State), Jarran Reed (Alabama)

4. Tight end

With Brandon Pettigrew's future with Detroit unknown (coming off a torn ACL in December), the Lions don't have a reliable blocking tight end option on the roster. Eric Ebron will start for Detroit, but don't expect him to be put in blocking situations very often. The Lions need someone to help out their young offensive line, although because they likely aren't looking to replace Ebron, they may want to wait until the third day to grab one.

Potential Day 2 targets: Nick Vannett (Ohio State), Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

5. Center

Although Detroit has already addressed the offensive line, some believe it is time to consider finding a new center to anchor the middle of the line. Travis Swanson is only 25 years old, but hasn't shown much improvement in the NFL yet. Adding a center could turn around the Lions' offensive line very quickly.

Potential Day 2 targets: Cody Whitehair (Kansas State), Evan Boehm (Missouri), Max Tuerk (USC), Jack Allen (Michigan State)

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