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Analytics point to DeVonta Smith as Lions best pairing

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

If the Detroit Lions are going to have any chance to be competitive this upcoming season, they’ll need to come away with a stellar draft class as several young Leos will need to contribute immediately and play major roles. None more important than the first-round selection.

Owning the seventh overall pick in the draft, the pressure on the Lions’ latest first-rounder is already going to be immense. The fact he’ll be the first pick of the new regime in the Motor City just adds to that pressure, as Detroit has to get this one right.