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Detroit Lions added a lot on defense, but where are the impact pass-rushers?

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Lions build depth with 2017 draft class (1:21)

Michael Rothstein says the Lions got several foundation pieces, including a potential steal in LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin. (1:21)

Biggest post-draft questions still to be answered by Detroit Lions:

Who is playing linebacker? The additions of first-round pick Jarrad Davis and fourth-round pick Jalen Reeves-Maybin have given the Lions more options at linebacker and also add a level of competition that should carry through the end of training camp. Between the two rookies, veteran Tahir Whitehead, free-agent signing Paul Worrilow and second-year pro Antwione Williams, there should be a bunch of guys competing for two starting spots and three to four reserve positions in camp. That starting competition should be tight, though.

Where are the pass-rushers? Detroit still has Ezekiel Ansah and Kerry Hyder, but the failure of general manager Bob Quinn to add a true edge rusher in the draft or free agency is a major question. Cornelius Washington doesn’t seem like a high-level pass-rusher, and considering the Lions struggled with getting to opposing quarterbacks last season, this remains a need without a clear answer. Pat O'Connor, whom the Lions took in the seventh round, might be the closest thing to a new pass-rusher Detroit took in the draft.

Can Kenny Golladay be the No. 3 receiver? Receivers beyond Marvin Jones and Golden Tate have been a question mark, and Golladay adds something the Lions don’t have: a tall red-zone threat who can kick Tate inside in three-receiver sets. The question is if Golladay can be ready for that immediately. If not, the Lions need to add a veteran to push Golladay and TJ Jones for the spot.

Who is the backup quarterback? It seemed like this would be Jake Rudock's job, but drafting Brad Kaaya in the sixth round makes it more of a competition. Yes, Kaaya will be known more at first for his mom, Angela Means Kaaya, who played Felisha in the movie "Friday," but he’s a three-year starter who set records at Miami. He’ll push Rudock for that job, and the competition will go throughout camp.

What’s the future for Eric Ebron? The Lions waited until the fourth round of the draft to take a tight end, and Michael Roberts is more of a blocking/red zone tight end than a stretch-the-field player like Ebron. The Lions have until Tuesday to announce if they’ll pick up Ebron’s fifth-year option for 2018, so this answer will come soon, but based on how Detroit handled the draft, it would seem like he’ll be in good shape in 2018.