ESPN published their first pre-draft NFL power rankings today, placing the Detroit Lions 22nd. The Lions were very active at the beginning of the off-season, signing Reggie Bush, Glover Quin, Jason Jones and bringing back the likes of Chris Houston, DeAndre Levy and Louis Delmas.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano cited the addition of Reggie Bush as the reason for their jump, after the Lions were 28th in ESPN’s final power ranking of 2012. He notes the impact that losing running back Jahvid Best had on the Lions the past two seasons.
The ESPN panel placed Detroit ahead of the Eagles, Jets, Chargers and Titans among others. The Seahawks were the No.1 team, with the 49ers, Broncos, Falcons and Patriots rounding out the top five in their inaugural poll.
With the NFL draft right around the corner, the Lions look to add the right pieces to make a serious run in the NFC North in 2013.