The draft is over, and free agency has passed, for the most part, now it’s time to put it all together.
The Detroit Lions came into the offseason knowing their needs, and they filled them with quality talent.

With that being said, there is entirely a bit of change to this roster, so let’s look at the new and improved Detroit Lions.

OFFENSE:

QB: Matthew Stafford (Duh)
RB1: Kerryon Johnson.
RB2: LeGarrette Blount
TE: Luke Willson
WR1: Marvin Jones Jr
WR2: Golden Tate
WR3: Kenny Golladay
LT: Taylor Decker
LG: Graham Glasgow
C: Frank Ragnow
RG: Tj Lang
RT: Ricky Wagner

Now, there may be some question marks at running back on who will be the starter. I say Kerryon will be the ultimate “starter” or “RB1” for Detroit. With Matt Patricia most likely bringing that running back by committee style, it will be Johnson on 1st and 2nd with Blount as the short yardage guy. They will also bring in Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah at points. But the other question mark is along the offensive line, who will play center? Well, in my mind Ragnow has everything it takes to be a quality to good starter there as a rookie, and I see Glasgow as more of a place marker. Also, don’t be surprised if Tyrell Crosby plays guard as well. But I would put Ragnow in at his more natural position from the start rather than have him play guard then switch to center next season. I expect a high powered offense, that will have more balance than we have seen in recent years, next year will be fun.

DEFENSE:

SS: Quandre Diggs
FS: Glover Quin
HANG: Tracy Walker
CB1: Darius Slay
CB2: DeShawn Shead
CB3: Nevin Lawson
EDGE: Ziggy Ansah
ILB1: Jarrad Davis
ILB2: Christian Jones
WILL: Jalen Reeves-Maybin
JACK: Devon Kennard
3T/5T: Ashawn Robinson
NOSE: Sylvester Williams
3T/5T: Da’Shawn Hand

Patricia runs a hybrid system, so it’s hard to put individual players in certain places. But this defense will be outstanding and profound, something it hasn’t been in a while. Detroit has three starter level defensive ends, and they are all very versatile. Hyder, Ansah, Zettel are all starter level players, they each have strengths that will be exploited by Patricia.

Expect a lot of different looks, and a “bend but don’t break” type defense.

Finally, Lions fans can rejoice, and have hope.

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Jace Osborn-Sweet

Jace Osborn-Sweet

I am a 17 year old sports fanatic from Kalamazoo, MI. I have been a die hard Lions fan my whole life and that love made me want to write.

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