The Detroit Lions went into the 2019 NFL Draft with a bunch of needs, and the left having addressed almost all of them. Cornerback, tight end, linebacker, wide receiver, edge, safety all were needs of varying degrees and all were addressed at some point in the draft.
At this point the Lions have a somewhat acceptable roster across the board. It’s far from perfect—and Detroit isn’t done roster building anyways—but it’d be hard to argue that the Lions haven’t improve their roster significantly from last year.
But there’s always room for improvement and the Lions will need to sport an impressive roster to challenge for the NFC North. So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the Lions’ biggest post-draft weakness?
My answer: Two positions immediately come to mind: right guard and linebacker. In my defensive roster grades, I gave linebacker starters a C- and a depth just a C. If Jahlani Tavai turns out to be a great pick, Detroit’s starters will be set, however both the depth and the current starters are a bit uninspiring, and that could certainly be the defense’s downfall.
It was a bit surprising to see the Lions pass on all of the guard prospects the 2019 NFL Draft has to offer. Maybe they’re higher on Oday Aboushi or Kenny Wiggins than fans are. Maybe they really are planning on moving Tyrell Crosby inside. Or maybe they just really didn’t like this year’s class of interior offensive linemen.
Either way, there’s a T.J. Lang-sized hole on the roster, and they say your offensive line is only as good as its weakest link. If that’s the case, it’s easy to say that offensive guard is the team’s biggest weakness.