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Wednesday open thread: What is the Detroit Lions’ biggest remaining weakness?

The Lions addressed lots of holes at free agency, but still have more work to do.

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The Lions made plenty of waves with their bottomless bag of cash this free agency. They made numerous defensive back signings, headlined by Desmond Trufant. They addressed the hole at defensive tackle by signing Nick Williams and Danny Shelton to some short-term deals. Most notably, they filled the gaps at linebacker (pun intended) by signing just about every linebacker on the street to a contract. Heck, they even dealt cash out to a backup quarterback by signing Chase Daniel.

Question of the day: What is the Lions’ biggest remaining weakness?

My answer: Guard, and it’s not particularly close.

The Lions have some semblance of talent at every other position—Wide receiver lacks depth but has a star leading the corps in Kenny Golladay; the Lions spent big money on Big V at right tackle; Kerryon Johnson headlines a backfield that still needs work.

Guard, however, is a disaster. Right now the Lions are slated to start Oday Aboushi, a seasoned veteran who was a liability more often than not when on the field last season. Right now we just say a prayer that 2019 undrafted free agent guard Beau Benzschawel makes big strides this offseason.

The Lions still need to allocate some significant resources (see: Day 2 draft pick(s)) to the position or they’ll live to regret it this fall.

What do you think? Is guard the biggest hole on the roster, or is it another position? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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