2015 Depth Charts: Detroit Lions
• We thought he was in the Very Good group a year ago, and Golden Tate cemented his position there with another stellar season in 2014. Finally giving the Lions a second wide receiver to go with Calvin Johnson, he was tied for the lead amongst all wide receivers with 20 missed tackles forced last year.
• That wasn’t a great rookie year for Eric Ebron, as he struggled to make much of an impact as a receiver. The Lions will be hoping for much more from the 2014 first round draft in 2015.
• Though it wasn’t a heavy workload, we’re giving Ezekiel Ansah the benefit of the doubt when we say he’s in the Very Good category. Playing over 600 snaps, he looked good both as a pass rusher and against the run.
• It wasn’t as impressive a season as his rookie one, but it’s hard to have Larry Warford any lower based on his first two seasons in the league.
Defensive Tackle: Either by re-signing their own players, or replacing them, defensive tackle is a top priority heading into free agency. Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley all impressed when they were on the field last year and it will be tough to retain all three.
Defensive End: Ansah is the star of the group, but the Lions need to find someone opposite him. Jason Jones wasn’t a great pass rusher, despite netting seven sacks, so finding someone to bring pressure more often opposite Ansah would be ideal.
Interior Offensive Line: With Reiff, Warford and Waddle, the Lions have the making of a very good offensive line, but holes at left guard and center are a concern right now. With the strength of the others on the line they don’t need elite talent here, but finding some solid starters is key.