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Mel Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0 has Detroit Lions going with defense

On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions surprised everyone by hiring Darrell Bevell to be their next offensive coordinator. With that hire in the books, its time to start looking forward to free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper has released his NFL Mock Draft 1.0 and he has the Lions selecting linebacker Devin White out of LSU. Here is what Kiper had to say about the pick.

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This is a spot to watch for a pass-rusher, as the Lions could part ways with free agent Ezekiel Ansah. In fact, coach Matt Patricia could use improvements at every level of his defense. White is a fly-to-the-football linebacker with similar athletic traits as Detroit middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, who was taken in the first round in 2017. The two could form a stellar tandem, as both are three-down linebackers. White isn’t a true pass-rusher, but he makes plays in the backfield.

If you pay for ESPN Insider, you can see that Kiper has the Lions passing up players like DE Rashan Gary, DE Clelin Ferrell, and DT Ed Oliver.

Nation, how would you feel about the Lions selecting Devin White at No. 8?

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Detroit Lions’ Top 6 offseason needs

As the Detroit Lions (and their fans) sit back and reflect on the 2018 season that went down the drain quickly, it is crucial to begin looking at how to improve.

Heading into the 2018 season, many believed the Lions would contend for a playoff spot but it did not take long to realize there were too many holes on the roster to do so.

So, how can the Lions improve before the 2019 season kicks off? What are the biggest ROSTER needs that absolutely MUST be addressed this offseason?

Here are the Lions’ top 6 needs in order.

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Detroit Lions’ Top 6 offseason needs

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