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Tuesday open thread: What is the Lions’ biggest need in 2021?

No, “defense” is not an answer.

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Now that the football season is over and the Lions are just about done assembling their coaching staff, we turn our attention to the offseason, where they have a ton of work to do. Whether it’s via free agency or the NFL Draft, there are a ton of holes on this roster thanks to the Boston Boys.

The most obvious need for the Lions is to address their issues on defense. Like literally any position on the defense. It’s that bad. However, with Matthew Stafford moving to Los Angeles, the Lions are in a position that is a bit foreign to them—at least since 2008—and could still be looking for their future QB despite getting Jared Goff in return.

And then we turn our attention over to the wide receiver position where the Lions’ best receiver that is still under contract next season is their fifth-round pick from last year, Quintez Cephus. Brad Holmes might not like the word “rebuild,” but that’s exactly what we’re going to get.

Today’s Question of the Day is...

What is the Lions’ biggest need this offseason?

My answer: This is actually a pretty tough one and a close battle to me between linebacker and wide receiver. I think you could also argue that getting someone on the defensive interior is a pretty big need, as well as fleshing out the right side of the offensive line.

But the biggest issue I have with this roster is the lack of speed, especially at the linebacker position. Despite what Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn may have believed, you just can’t win with slow linebackers. Speed is the name of the game in today’s NFL and you need someone that can get from sideline-to-sideline in a hurry to make plays.

Now I’m not completely suggesting that the Lions should take a linebacker with the seventh overall pick or anything, but if they do, then maybe someone like Penn State’s Micah Parsons could be an option for them.

Your turn.

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