Detroit Lions: What improved position could cause the biggest turnaround?

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Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Detroit Lions are rebuilding. As a result next season probably won’t be too successful, but what position group, if greatly improved, would give these Motor City cats the best chance to be somewhat competitive?

We all know that common sense dictates that the Lions will be bad again this fall. When you consider the team needs, limited cap space to do much of anything in free agency, and limited draft picks, this is not a one-offseason fixer-upper.

That doesn’t mean the Lions don’t have some good players and bright spots. It’s just that there aren’t enough of them.

As a matter of fact, the Lions have far more questions than answers at the moment. How quickly this franchise can get back on its feet again and be competitive will mainly rest upon the shoulders of general manager Brad Holmes and his front office staff.

While Holmes blew Sheila Ford Hamp away with his interview, the reason he was given the chance had everything to do with the fact he is sharp and was considered one of the best talent evaluators in the Los Angeles Rams organization.

While new head coach Dan Campbell appears to have assembled a very promising coaching staff, they still need talent before they will be able to be truly competitive. With that in mind, if only one position group could be made a strength this offseason, which group would give the Lions their best chance to be fairly competitive?

The truth is that one position alone won’t turn this team around this quickly, but there might be one group that could boost the Lions just enough to be a little competitive. So which position is it?

Let’s start right at the top and say that the Lions would have been more competitive just from being able to keep Matthew Stafford in the fold. Since that was not in the cards, let’s accept the fact that Jared Goff will be Motown’s quarterback next season.

Given some help, Goff can be serviceable enough. So we will omit the quarterback position and examine where else that boost could come from.