The Detroit Lions face an uphill climb to build a competitive roster, but with Dan Campbell at the helm, the franchise seems hopeful. This team is likely a couple of more seasons away from becoming a potential playoff contender, but the front office has a chance to reel in some serious talent through the NFL Draft. For that reason, we take a look at two moves the Lions must make to complete their roster in the 2022 NFL offseason.
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Detroit has some solid young talent on the roster as is, but they'll be able to acquire some more in the draft. Amon-Ra St. Brown burst onto the scene as a consistent pass option and should be able to play as a great target for Jared Goff. Even so, the Lions could use some help in the passing game, which means the front office should consider selecting an exciting prospect receiver in April.
With the second pick overall in the NFL Draft, the Lions have a chance to acquire a superstar caliber player to build around. The Detroit defense was porous, to say the least, and need some help on the defensive line. Look for this team to select one of the top pass rushers in the draft this offseason.
With that said, here are two moves the Lions must make to complete their roster in the 2022 NFL offseason.
Lions Offseason Roster Moves
2. Acquire a talented wide receiver
Between D'Andre Swift, TJ Hockenson, and Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Lions have a legitimate trio at their disposal. However, the offense is not where it needs to be yet. Bringing in another receiver to play opposite of St. Brown would go a long way in Detroit's hopes of improving the offense.
Goff isn't an elite quarterback, but the front office should focus on building around him for now. The Lions can set themselves up to be a quarterback away by utilizing this draft to stack the rest of the roster. Additionally, having more firepower is only a good thing for Detroit.
It's not likely the Lions select a wide receiver second overall. However, they have the 32nd pick in the first round and very early second-round selection as well. Detroit can go in any direction, but the ideal situation is they take a receiver in the second round.
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1. Select an elite pass rusher in the NFL Draft
Dan Campbell is constantly searching for knee biters and he'll have a chance to get one in the NFL Draft. Their decision is based on what the Jacksonville Jaguars do with the number one pick overall, but Detroit is in a fantastic position to bring in an elite-level prospect. The Lions should highly consider taking a pass rusher with their first pick of the NFL Draft.
Having a stable defensive line goes a long way in a team's success. The Lions can immediately improve their pass rush, which also makes the secondary's lives easier as well. This is an exciting draft for Detroit, as they should be able to take one of the top prospects who happens to fill a positional need.
The Lions are guaranteed to select either Aiden Hutchison, Travon Walker, or Kayvon Thibodeaux. Detroit can't go wrong with either of them, as each prospect has monumental potential. It'll be interesting to see who this franchise selects. Either way, the defense will acquire a massive boost in the offseason after the draft.