The Lions upgraded the guard position in the 2015 draft, but they still have a huge hole at right tackle. Riley Reiff is playing poorly as well on the blind side. I can't imagine them failing to address this void two years in a row.
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
Anthony Zettel, DT/3-4DE, Penn State
The Lions never properly replaced Ndamukong Suh and the other defensive tackles they lost this past season, so they'll have to put forth effort into doing so next spring.
The Lions have some young talent on the offensive line, but they could use an upgrade at tackle. If they draft a left tackle like Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley, they could move Riley Reiff to the right side.
Tunsil has been held out of every game this season for "precautionary reasons" with the NCAA investigating whether he accepted improper benefits from an agent. He is supposedly set to miss the upcoming against Florida as well.
Tunsil has a ton of natural talent to be a blind-side protector. He was dominant in 2014 and arguably the best left tackle in the nation. Not only does Tunsil shut down pass-rushers, he gets movement in the ground game.
Tunsil (6-5, 305) was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school. As a freshman, he validated the hype when he broke into the starting lineup and became an All-SEC Second-Team selection by the AP. The conference's coaches had him as an All-Freshman performer, and he was also named a Freshman All-American according to many media outlets.
The Lions grab a defensive tackle to start to make up for the losses from last offseason.
This year, Adams has 16 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble. He dominated the 2015 season opener against Louisville and looks poised for a massive year. Adams totaled seven tackles, 1.5 for a loss, one sack and a forced fumble that saw him blow up a handoff in the backfield. He recorded 43 tackles, eight for a loss and three sacks in 2014.
From a skill-set perspective, Adams put on a display that illustrated an early-round talent. The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has an interesting body type that could fit as a 4-3 three-technique or a 3-4 defensive end.
Detroit currently resides in an intimidating division where Jay Cutler or Jimmy Clausen are the only quarterbacks that look stoppable. The best way to help this defense against tough QBs is bolster the line (done) and add a defensive back. Conner is versatile enough to play cornerback or strong safety. He has first round potential and should make for a great safety. Ironically, some teams might view him as a gadget defensive back without a sure position entering the NFL, but he looks the part of a solid strong safety.
Losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in one offseason left the interior defensive line as a shell of its former self. Haloti Ngata makes for a great addition, but Detroit could still use some help. I considered Buckner to be better than Arik Armstead last year (not a popular opinion, but irrelevant at this juncture), so I definitely see Buckner as a surefire 1st round pick at this point. He’s incredibly agile and could contribute either as a DT or on the edge for Detroit. He may not produce incredible pass-rushing numbers, but his presence will help make the whole defensive line more effective.