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The Detroit Lions had a resurgence that no one saw coming in 2022. Under Dan Campbell, Detroit went 9-8, just barely missing the playoffs. This was due in part to a very young defense that was still trying to find their groove. Now with a year under their belt and confidence in the product on the field, the Lions could make some noise in a wide open NFC North.
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Lukas Van Ness, DL, Iowa
Luke Schoomaker, TE, Michigan
Detroit has something to build on now and entering the draft need to shore up their young defense. After taking standout defensive end Aiden Hutchinson last year, they double down and take another versatile end with a mean streak in Lukas Van Ness. Van Ness can act as a chess piece and move along the defensive front, but also offers the athletic prowess to drop into coverage at times. His value will be seen as he and Hutchinson work in tandem.
While Van Ness is solidifying the front seven, Detroit will have an upgrade from Jeff Okudah with Devon Witherspoon entering the fold.
Witherspoon is a mirror coverage corner with elite length. He will help with keeping opposing teams out of the end zone, which the Lions had trouble doing in 2022.
Detroit does need to shore up the offense a bit as well, and adding an interior passing threat will pay dividends. Luke Schoomaker has the size, athleticism, and ability to be a top weapon for jared Goff. He would help in the running game and alleviate some of the pressure on Amon-Ra St. Brown.
This draft will bring the Lions into their new age and help continue their new found winning ways.