Lions must address league-worst interior pass rush

Detroit has some options on fixing the deficiency come draft day. PFF looks at the problem, and some players in the draft class who could offer a fix.

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Lions must address league-worst interior pass rush


2016 stats you should know:

  • With a cumulative pass-rush productivity of 4.6 from the 3-tech spot, Detroit ranked dead last in the NFC getting pressure from inside.
  • Last year, Rookie A’Shawn Robinson led Detroit’s interior pass-rushers with a pass-rush grade of just 68.2, 91st best in the NFL.

Players in the draft who can help:

  • Malik McDowell’s PRP of 11.7 tied for third among interior defensive linemen in this draft. He earned 30 total pressures on just 196 pass-rush snaps in 2016 and could be an option for the Lions at 21st overall.
  • Also tied for third among interior defensive linemen with a PRP of 11.7, Caleb Brantley could be a good fit for the Lions on Day 2 of the draft.
  • On Day 3, the Lions could look at Tanzel Smart from Tulane. Smart earned a pass-rush grade of 87.4 in 2016, which ranked fourth in college football last year.

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  • Nick

    DeMarcus Walker in the 3rd? 16 sacks last year at FSU. A little small but as a rusher on 3rd downs he may be exactly what we need.