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Scouts Inc. Gives Five Lions Needs This Offseason

Offensive tackle — The Lions’ offensive line was much maligned in 2007; it yielded the second-most sacks (54) in the league. The acquisition of high-profile tackle George Foster in 2007 didn’t work out. Head coach Rod Marinelli and the offensive staff decided to slide nine-year veteran Damien Woody out to tackle, but he is more of a natural inside player because he lacks the stride and arm length to be a consistent performer on the perimeter. Also, left tackle Jeff Backus is a solid player, but he would fit better as a right offensive tackle. This position needs to be rectified for new coordinator Jim Colletto to move Detroit’s offense forward.

Offensive guard — The Lions’ offensive line needs better play from its interior players. Some of this can be solved by keeping Woody at guard and acquiring a talented athlete with power next to him. The Lions were the second-worst rushing team in the league in 2007. Those struggles were largely related to scheme and playcalling, but also due to poor play in the middle of the offensive line. The lack of pass protection can be pinned, at least partially, on the middle of Detroit’s line. The retooling of the offensive line would key the success of an offense that is likely to be more balanced with a new offensive coordinator.

Cornerback
— The Lions’ defense was the worst in the league in 2007 and it needs lots of retooling, starting with the CB position. The Lions’ secondary gave up the second-most passing yards and was second to last in passes defended last year. Detroit was exploited often on the perimeter, giving up big chunks of yards at critical times. With two of the Lions’ top four cornerbacks being free agents, there may be a makeover in the secondary. Nine-year veteran Fernando Bryant is still a viable player, but the other prospects on the Lions’ roster all appear to have holes.

Safety
— The Lions’ secondary clearly needs help both versus the run and the pass. Gerald Alexander has talent, but clearly needs time to develop while Kenoy Kennedy is a hard-nosed player who is somewhat one-dimensional. Daniel Bullocks is a young player with talent, but had a setback by missing the entire 2007 season with an injury. The middle of the field wasn’t defended well against the pass; the Lions gave up too many big plays at critical times. Also, the run support in the alleys was inconsistent and needs to be upgraded for the Lions’ defense to make a substantial improvement.

Defensive end
— Although the Lions have some viable players at defensive end, there are no prospects who are impact performers. Jared DeVries is a solid run defender who pressures the quarterback with more effort than athleticism. Dewayne White is athletic, but his height hinders his run defense and limits his pass-rush ability. Kalimba Edwards is talented, but his production has been down the past two seasons mostly due to injury. An impact pass-rusher could relieve the pressure on other areas of the Lions’ defense


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2 Responses to “Scouts Inc. Gives Five Lions Needs This Offseason”

  1. P.J. says:

    I think the Lions need a QB

  2. Frizzlefry says:

    Im a big lions fan, and I would say offensive line is our top priority. If our QB wasnt constantly forced to pass the ball we would be more consistant and more productive no matter who is in the pocket.

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