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Holmes added to Lions’ strength, addressed weaknesses

The Lions used four picks on that side of the ball to fix some of the unit’s shortcomings.
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020, file photo, Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson (6) runs...
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020, file photo, Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson (6) runs 75-yards to score a touchdown on the first play of an NCAA college football game against California in Corvallis, Ore. Jefferson was selected as the PAC-12 offensive player of the year along with Colorado running back Jarek Broussard. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman, File)(Amanda Loman | AP)
Published: May. 1, 2021 at 11:13 PM EDT
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DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions opened the NFL draft by bolstering a strength and closed it by addressing some of their many weaknesses on both sides of the ball. First-year general manager Brad Holmes seemed to make sensible selections, starting with Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell at No. 7 overall. Holmes and first-year coach Dan Campbell are inheriting a defense that ranked among the worst in NFL history last season. The Lions used four picks on that side of the ball to fix some of the unit’s shortcomings.

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