Detroit Lions: Building the organization’s 2021 NFL Draft board

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Potential trade down targets for the Detroit Lions on draft day.

If the Detroit Lions do get a great offer to trade down, they still would have some great options to draft a difference-maker on day one.

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11. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Another tremendous tackle prospect to bolster the offensive line for years to come.

12. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

13. Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

Cornerback isn’t a great need for the Lions, but Surtain and Farley are great prospects you shouldn’t pass up on just because of team need.

14. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame

Another great athlete at linebacker who is great in pass coverage.

15.  Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

16. Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

The pass rush looks a lot better after retaining Romeo Okwara, but the pass rush could still use a boost. Paye is a freaky athlete, and Rousseau is no slouch himself. Both players also have the ability to rush from inside or outside.

The draft will provide Brad Holmes an exciting opportunity to draft a difference-maker to set up the next era of Lions football. If they cannot get one of the top 4 quarterbacks, the Lions should ignore the positional needs and try and draft the player they think can be a true game-changer.

Luckily for the Lions, there seems to be plenty of opportunities for them to get a true top-tier talent at their respective position. Fans should be eager to see who the Lions opt to target with the seventh pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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An even bigger question to be asked given all of this is, who will still be there at seventh overall when the Detroit Lions go on the clock?