Jul 30, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) has truned some heads and is listed as a starter on the first Detroit Lions Depth Chart of the season. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

First Detroit Lions Depth Chart Released

Jim Schwartz has released his first position evaluations of the preseason and there are a few surprises on the Detroit Lions Depth Chart.

On the offensive side of the ball the only real surprises come on the offensive line. Lions 3rd round draft pick Larry Warford projected by many to fit into a starting role is listed as 3rd string at right guard.  Central Michigan’s Darren Keyton has the early lead for back-up center behind veteran center Dominic Raiola.  As suspected, Riley Reiff figured to be the starting left tackle.

Offensive Depth Chart

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR Nate Burleson Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Micheal Spurlock
Terrence Austin
Cody Wilson
LT Riley Reiff LaAdrian Waddle Austin Holtz
LG Rob Sims Rodney Austin
C Dominic Raiola Darren Keyton Leroy Harris
RG Dylan Gandy Jake Scott Larry Warford
RT Jason Fox Corey Hilliard Derek Hardman
TE Brandon Pettigrew Michael Williams
TE Tony Scheffler Joseph Fauria
WR Calvin Johnson Ryan Broyles Kris Durham Matt Willis
Chaz Schilens
Corey Fuller
QB Matthew Stafford Shaun Hill Kellen Moore Thaddeus Lewis
RB Reggie Bush Mikel Leshoure Joique Bell Montell Owens
Theo Riddick
Shaun Chapas
Steven Miller

Defensive Depth Chart

On the defensive side of the ball, Defensive end Ziggy Anshah is penciled as the starter at defensive end with newly acquired free agent Isreal Idonijie listed as second string.  Free agent signee Jason Jones is holding down the other defensive end position. Although initial reports about him have been impressive, 2nd round pick CB Darius Slay is currently listed on the 2nd team behind Ron Bartell.

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
DE Ezekiel Ansah Israel Idonije Ronnell Lewis Braylon Broughton
DT Nick Fairley C.J. Mosley Andre Fluellen Xavier Proctor
DT Ndamukong Suh Jimmy Saddler-McQueen Ogemdi Nwagbuo
DE Jason Jones Willie Young Devin Taylor
OLB Ashlee Palmer Tahir Whitehead Jon Morgan
MLB Stephen Tulloch Travis Lewis Carmen Messina
OLB DeAndre Levy Cory Greenwood Brandon Hepburn
CB Chris Houston Bill Bentley Chris Greenwood Domonique Johnson
CB Ron Bartell Darius Slay Jonte Green Ross Weaver
DeQuan Menzie
SS Glover Quin Amari Spievey John Wendling Tyrell Johnson
FS Louis Delmas Don Carey Chris Hope Martavius Neloms
Trevor Coston

Special Teams Depth Chart

Several special teams battles are also raging. David Akers maintains a lead at kicker despite twitter reports of 65 yard practice field goals by “Kickalicious” Havard Rugland. Meanwhile, 5th round pick Sam Martin is reportedly the clear leader for the starting punter position. Micheal Spurlock is the early favorite to return kicks.

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
K David Akers Havard Rugland
P Sam Martin Blake Clingan
LS Don Muhlbach
PR Micheal Spurlock Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Steven Miller
KR Micheal Spurlock Patrick Edwards Mike Thomas Steven Miller

The Detroit Lions open the preseason schedule against the New York Jets on August 9th at Ford Field. After that game it is expected the team will make more cuts as it pares down the roster.

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