A look at the Detroit Lions projected starters before the NFL draft

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
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Wide Receiver

Projected Starter(s): Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, Quintez Cephus

Draft probability: High

Holmes only has six picks to work with next week. It could end up being more, but if they decide to hold steady, it wouldn’t shock me if they select more than one wide receiver with those six picks.

Both wide receivers Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman are on one-year “prove it” deals. There are no quality slot receivers on the roster either and with a loaded slot receiver class, it will be hard to stay away.

Tight End

Projected Starter(s): Hockenson

Draft probability: Low

I’ll say this, outside of tight end Kyle Pitts, Detroit should refrain from adding to the position. Josh Hill is an effective blocking tight end and Hunter Bryant is an interesting project player.

Third-year tight end T.J. Hockenson is also looking to make a jump. There is no need to add more players to the position group.

Offensive Line

Projected Starter(s): Taylor Decker, Jonah Jackson, Frank Ragnow, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Tyrell Crosby

Draft probability: Medium

I’d argue that these five starters are a top-10 offensive line in the NFL. However, with premier offensive tackle draft prospects in Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, Holmes could be enticed to select one and give Detroit a push to be one of the league’s best offensive lines.

It’s safe to say the left side of the line next to center Frank Ragnow are building blocks, but anything can happen to the right side. It’s up in the air for now. They could look for some depth in the later rounds as well.