Last year the Lions made the playoffs at 9-7. This draft they focused mostly on the defensive side of the football. The Lions should look to continue to add more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. The projected starters on opening day on defense should be the follow.
DT: A’Shawn Robinson/Akeem Spence
Robinson was a young defensive tackle last year that will need to improve if he is going to be a DT 1 for this season. He has great size and a great motor. Spence has been raved about by the coaches for his improvement as well.
DE: No clear starters, probably Cornelius Washington
The Lions’ main weakness this year is on the defensive line. With a young defensive tackle core and with injuries to Ansah and Hyder Jr, this year looks like it is going to be rough in the trenches.
LOLB: Tahir Whitehead/ Jalen-Reeves Maybin
Whitehead had a down year last year and many contributed that to his switch to MLB. Whitehead is clearly a better outside line backer and this year he should bounce back. Maybin is a rookie who primarily focused on special teams in college and dominated.
MLB: Jarrad Davis/ Paul Worrilow
Jarrad Davis was the Lions first round pick, and so far has been a stud through training camp. He is already a leader on the defense. Worrilow is a run -stuffing veteran.
ROLB: Antoine Williams
Williams is inexperienced, but has had a really nice training camp and fits well opposite Whitehead.
CB: Darius Slay/D.J. Hayden
Slay is a fan favorite and simply one of the best at his position in the NFL. Hayden is an inconsistent corner, but he can be lockdown when he is at his best.
CB: Nevin Lawson/Teez Tabor
Lawson is a solid corner all the way around who should retain his spot this season unless Teez Tabor breaks out. Tabor was the Lions second round pick and he has not adjusted to NFL speed just yet. However, many believe he has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the league at some point.
FS: Glover Quin
The Lions re-signed Quin this offseason. He has always been a great leader for the Lions and an interception machine.
SS: Tavon Wilson/ Miles Killebrew
Tavon Wilson is a big hitting safety and a former Patriot. Killebrew can move to any secondary position due to his speed and versatility.
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