General manager Bob Quinn hopes to have checked that box by landing highly touted tight end T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa.
Hockenson joins a position group that includes free-agent addition Jesse James, helping an attack that ranked 31st in receptions and receiving yards from tight ends in 2018.
The 6-foot-4 1/2 and 251-pound Hockenson gives the Lions an immediate presence as a next-level run-blocker who also generated production at Iowa as a receiver. He's not the highest-graded player in this draft, but NFL Network draft guru Daniel Jeremiah called Hockenson "my favorite player" to scout, noting the tight end's tough and nasty demeanor.
Not everyone is sold on Hockenson, with one scout telling longtime beat writer Bob McGinn: "He's safe and productive. It's that against a game-breaker."
Said another scout: "He's not really special at anything except maybe his toughness. But he is a real good blocker and has real good hands. He's got good speed."