By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 4, 2020
The NFL Draft Bible counts you down to the 2020 NFL Draft with our Team Needs preview series by scouting coordinator Dakota Follett. The Detroit Lions own the No.3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. There are plenty of needs to address for a team who has won just nine games under Matt Patricia during his first two seasons as head coach. Detroit holds the cards to the possibility of a trade where they’re slotted but have been highly linked to Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
*Italic indicates offseason acquisition.
QUARTERBACK: Matt Stafford/Chase Daniel/David Blough
Money Invested: $23.975M | Percentage of Cap: 12.1% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Stafford is still under contract through the 2022-2023 season.
RUNNING BACK: Kerryon Johnson/Bo Scarbrough/Ty Johnson/Tra Carson/Wes Hills
Money Invested: $4.617M | Percentage of Cap: 2.3% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Kerryon Johnson has shown promise, but the inability to stay on the field could push the Lions hand to add depth here.
FULLBACK: Nick Bawden
Money Invested: $0.771M | Percentage of Cap: 0.4% | Need Level: MEDIUM
WIDE RECEIVER: Kenny Golladay/Marvin Jones/Danny Amendola/Geronimo Allison | Depth: Marvin Hall/Victor Bolden/Geremy Davis/Travis Fulgham/Chris Lacy/Jon Duhart/Tom Kennedy
Money Invested: $21.497M | Percentage of Cap: 10.8% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The tandem of Golladay and Jones has proven to be one of the league’s best and Amendola had a productive year during his first season in Detroit.
TIGHT END: Jesse James/TJ Hockenson | Depth: Isaac Nauta/Paul Butler/Matt Sokol
Money Invested: $11.769M | Percentage of Cap: 5.9% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The Lions have both run blocking and receiving covered with this tandem of James and Hockenson.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Taylor Decker/Halapoulivaati Vaitai | Depth: Caleb Benenoch/Dan Skipper/Tyrell Crosby/Casey Tucker
Money Invested: $18.766M | Percentage of Cap: 9.5% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Decker hasn’t lived up to his lucrative deal but the Lions did invest heavily in Eagles’ swing tackle Vaitai to help secure that right side.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Joe Dahl/Oday Aboushi | Depth: Josh Garnett/Beau Benzschawel
Money Invested: $6.079M | Percentage of Cap: 3.1% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Dahl’s production was rewarded with an extension but the right guard will likely need to be addressed.
CENTER: Frank Ragnow | Depth: Russell Bodine
Money Invested: $3.963M | Percentage of Cap: 2% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Promising young center and Matt Patricia favorite Frank Ragnow won’t enter free agency until 2023.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Danny Shelton/Da’Shawn Hand | Depth: John Atkins/Nick Williams/Kevin Strong/Frank Herron/Matt Nelson/Olive Sagapolu
Money Invested: $11.417M | Percentage of Cap: 5.8% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Detroit was smart here by cutting some redundant talent and adding former Patriot Danny Shelton but they could definitely use some added depth.
EDGE RUSH: Trey Flowers/Romeo Okwara | Depth: Austin Bryant/Jonathan Wynn
Money Invested: $22.284M | Percentage of Cap: 11.2% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The Lions struggled mightily last season getting to the quarterback with the absence of Trey Flowers. He will return this season but a team can never have enough pass rushers.
LB: Jamie Collins/Jarrad Davis/Christian Jones | Depth: Jalen Reeves-Maybin/Reggie Ragland/Jahlani Tavai/Steve Longa/Elijah Lee/Jason Cabinda/Anthony Pittman/Christian Sam
Money Invested: $18.264M | Percentage of Cap: 9.2% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Added the former Patriot Jamie Collins to move around into that Matt Patricia defense and slide in alongside tackle machine Jarrad Davis.
CORNERBACK: Desmond Trufant/Darryl Roberts/Justin Coleman | Depth: Mike Ford/Jamal Agnew/Tony McRae/Amani Oruwariye/Dee Virgin/Michael Jackson
Money Invested: $21.140M | Percentage of Cap: 10.7% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Detroit replaced Darius Slay with Desmond Trufant, but who is going to man the other side?
SAFETY: Duron Harmon/Tracy Walker | Depth: Will Harris/Jayron Kearse/Miles Killebrew/CJ Moore
Money Invested: $10.810M | Percentage of Cap: 5.5% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Added another Patriot here in Duron Harmon along with Viking Jayron Kearse but both have been primarily role players throughout their careers. Detroit should be open to adding top-tier talent at this spot.
KICKER: Matt Prater | Money Invested: $3.9M | Percentage of Cap: 2% | Need Level: LOW
PUNTER: Matt Wile/Jack Fox | Money Invested: $1.435M | Percentage of Cap: 0.7% | Need Level: MEDIUM
LONG SNAPPER: Don Muhlbach/James Fisher | Money Invested: $1.45M | Percentage of Cap: 0.7% | Need Level: LOW
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