3 combinations for the Detroit Lions two 2023 first-round picks

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The Lions still need a talent influx on the defensive side of the ball, Particularly, the defensive line and secondary need to add some talent. In this combination, they add talent to both areas.

No. 6: DT Jalen Carter–Georgia

Carter is a massive defensive tackle with elite physical traits. He is the anchor of a top-rated Georgia defense and can rush the quarterback as well as clog up the lanes in the run game. The Lions have had one of the worst defenses in the league and have a hard time dominating at the line of scrimmage. But adding Carter to the middle of the line with Hutchinson and McNeil would give the Lions a formidable front to take some pressure off of the secondary. Carter would add an explosive athlete to a defense that sorely needs it. He would be a centerpiece in this defense for a long time. There’s a good chance he comes off the board before this pick but they could hope Carter would be in play at this pick.

No. 18: CB Joey Porter Jr.–Penn State

The biggest weakness on the Lions roster heading into the offseason is at cornerback. Former No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah made progress this year, but he struggled late and he’s hardly a lock to be around long-term. Adding Porter, who is arguably the best cornerback in this draft, could go a long way in helping this team shut down the opponents’ air attack. Porter has size and instincts with good straight-line speed. Cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Amani Oruwariye are set to be free agents, it could be time to go back to the draft to find a high upside replacement.