The Lions badly need help on defense, and hopefully they'll get it in the draft. Of course, they also need help at wide receiver, and they just might be looking for a new franchise quarterback.
So the next regime could go any number of directions with the seventh overall pick in April.
Our first roundup of mock drafts favored Penn State LB Micah Parsons and a pair of SEC wide receivers. That remains the story in roundup 2.0, with an enticing twist at receiver: Heisman winner Devonta Smith has entered the picture for Detroit.
Here's the latest in the wake of the NFL's wild card round and Alabama's rout of Ohio State in the national championship in which Smith went off for 12 receptions, 215 yards and three touchdowns.
CBS Sports: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Parsons opted out, but he's another player who didn't hurt his draft stock by doing so. He might end up being the best standup linebacker to come out in the last 4-5 years.
Pro Football Focus: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Detroit is in a tough spot with wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all slated to hit free agency. The good news is that they are in a position to grab one of the most electric wide receivers college football has ever seen. Waddle missed most of the 2020 season due to a fractured ankle, but the Bama receiver was truly an explosive play waiting to happen in the four games he appeared in.
CBS Sports: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Lions need to address receiver early given the contract status of their wideout room heading into the 2021 offseason. Waddle is as electric as they come and plays bigger than his size.
The Athletic: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Lions could be in the wide receiver market with this pick, but they also need difference-makers on defense. Although maturity concerns will follow him into the NFL, Parsons has a freaky combination of height, weight and speed, along with the skills to be a three-down player.
Sporting News: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Lions got a nice closing stretch from Marvin Jones Jr. with Kenny Golladay (hip) on the shelf for most of the season, but Jones is also heading into his age 32 season as a free agent. It makes sense to think about a high-level replacement who can form a great new combination with Golladay for Matthew Stafford (or whoever else might be at QB for a new coach).