The first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft are done and the first three Detroit Lions draft picks have been made.
The Lions have done a good job checking off three of their biggest needs in linebacker, cornerback and receiver with Jarrad Davis, Teez Tabor and Kenny Golladay respectively. Whether those players end up being the right picks at their respective position is a discussion to have three years from now.
For now, it’s time to look forward to Saturday, the final day of the NFL Draft. Detroit has six picks left in the remaining four rounds. So today’s Question of the Day is:
What are the Lions’ biggest needs on Day 3 of the NFL Draft?
My answer: Here are Detroit’s three biggest needs, in my opinion:
- Defensive tackle
The Lions not only lack a decent, long-term option aside A’Shawn Robinson in the starting lineup, but they are also missing depth. In the past, Detroit has relied on heavy rotation in the middle of their defensive line. Right now, the only reliable rotational depth the Lions have is Akeem Spence and Khyri Thornton.
- Defensive end
At this point, it seems unlikely the Lions will find a starting level talent to slide opposite Ezekiel Ansah. If that’s the case, that means Detroit may be starting a guy like Cornelius Washington or Armonty Bryant at the position in 2017. That leaves very little depth behind the two starting defensive end. Kerry Hyder is nice, but he needs some company.
- Running back
Lions fans grew impatient on Friday as they watched second and third tier running backs slide off the board while Detroit stood still. Pride Of Detroit favorite Kareem Hunt was still on the board when the Lions decided to trade down from pick 85. Hunt was taken 86th overall.
But that doesn’t mean the Lions don’t still have decent options at the position. If Detroit still views running back as an important need, Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine is a good fit in the fourth round.