1. Defensive End
If the Detroit Lions re-sign Cliff Avril, this becomes slightly less of a need. But regardless of Avril’s future with the team, they need to find a replacement for veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch who is well past his prime and was a liability this past season. Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Dion Jordan should all be near the top of the Lions draft board.
The Lions best corner, Chris Houston, is an unrestricted free agent and the depth behind him is severely lacking. They could potentially bring in two or three players this offseason who emerge as impact players in the secondary. Dee Milliner is an option in the first round if they address the defensive line through free agency.
3. Offensive Line
If Gosder Cherilus is not re-signed, this need may jump up on the list of needs. Jeff Backus remains under contract but is coming off another disappointing season. Riley Reiff was selected in the first round in 2012 as his replacement, but may be forced into action on the right side if Cherilus does not return. The Lions may also be interested in bringing in a young center behind 34-year-old Dominic Raiola.