What are the Detroit Lions biggest draft needs for 2021?

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Sheila Ford Hamp, Detroit Lions
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Big changes are coming to the Detroit Lions. One thing that doesn’t change is the draft

After some huge changes at the top of the franchise, what’s next for the Detroit Lions? While we don’t know who the new general manager or head coach will be, we can look at where the roster is. We also want to focus on the future. Where is the Lions franchise at for the 2021 draft, and who might be a good player to grab at the top?

For all Lions fans, we are looking for hope that comes with every new season. Hope springs eternal and so does frustration at the team when they fail to produce. Not seeing a championship out of your team since 1957 will do that.

We can still see the problems with the roster without knowing what system or coaches will arrive in the Motor City. The majority owner, Sheila Ford Hamp, did the right thing by firing head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn and the new regime will have holes to fill on both sides of the ball.

Through eleven contests the Lions are ranked 22nd in offense per game and 29th in defense, both rankings are disappointing but neither is nearly good enough to make noise in 2020. That ranking is particularly disappointing for an offense that boasts a top-20 wide receiver, a top-10 tight end, a three-down rookie running back who can make plays, and a decent offensive line, not to mention a veteran quarterback who played very well in 2019 prior to an injury.

The support behind their main playmakers is not horrible, either. Marvin Jones is a competent wideout, as is Danny Amendola working from the slot. The Detroit Lions added Adrian Peterson to their backfield to bolster depth and leadership and has managed just 96.6 yards-per-game running the ball as a team, good for 27th in the NFL according to Pro Football Reference’s website.