In June, we viewed the Lions entire roster, breaking down last years numbers and compiling them for this years 53-man roster. Placing priority on the positions Jim Schwartz has over the past four seasons.
Last season, Matthew Stafford was coming off his first full season as a pro. They kept Kellen Moore as their third string quarterback, and in doing so — without Moore taking a single snap — it took a roster spot away from a more depth needy position.
Entering this season, Stafford is coming off back-to-back healthy seasons, and the Lions may finally utilize the extra roster spot on a position of need. With Shaun Hill remaining one of the top backups in the game, it may be an easy decision.
However, the fans choose a defensive line unit in flux as their strongest unit. Gone are the top three defensive ends (Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson) who will be replaced by rookie Ezekiel Ansah and veterans Jason Jones and Israel Idonije.
But the biggest strength comes from within, as Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley our one of the top defensive tackle tandems in the league. Last season that tandem combined for 13.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
For the poll, 106 readers participated. Forty-two percent choose the defensive line, while twenty-four percent argued the quarterback position was the Lions most talented group. Rounding out the top five where the running backs, wide receivers, and defensive backs.