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Friday open thread: What are your expectations for the Lions’ draft?

The draft is a big opportunity to excite or disappoint.

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With less than a week to go until the 2020 NFL Draft, there are about to be a lot of big changes. There is nothing that compares to the draft in terms of roster shake-ups, and there is no better opportunity to improve a team than through smart drafting. Accordingly, this is the single event many fans place their hope in each year.

For the Detroit Lions, results have been mixed, especially in recent years. Bob Quinn has made some solid picks since taking over as general manager, but he also has a stack of misses. Many long-time fans are simply used to bracing for the worst when it comes to this team, and draft picks are no exception.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

What are your expectations for the Lions’ draft?

My answer: My biggest expectation is that the Lions come away with (at least) two very good starters. It is not often that a team acquires a top-five pick, and Detroit has an easy opportunity to make improvements with picks 1.03 and 2.03. Missing on either of these would be a huge disappointment.

However, I expect to give this draft around a ‘B’ when it is all over. This front office has shown it will make some interesting picks in the middle rounds which might not always be fan favorites, and while a lot of the draft comes down to the choices of other teams, it always hurts to feel like opportunities were missed.

I am willing to give Quinn and company a little faith, but a huge slam dunk is not something I am expecting next week. It would definitely be nice, but my expectations are mellowed given what we have experienced in the past.

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