Analyzing the Detroit Lions Current Depth Chart

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Defensive End

Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) and C.J. Mosley (99) celebrate a sack on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Left End

Ziggy Ansah

Ansah continues to be a force on the Lions defensive line. It’s scary to think that this guy is still learning his position. Forget position, this guy is still learning football. He now gets to learn a little more from a seasoned vet in Haloti Ngata. This only helps Ansah even more. When this guy peaks he could be one of the best in the league.

Darryl Tapp

Honestly Darryl Tapp is the guy that I’m most surprised about staying. Tapp isn’t necessarily a horrible player but he just didn’t do much. He recorded 17 tackles and half a sack. I just don’t get it. I would be surprised to see Tapp make the 53 next year.

George Johnson is not listed at this time because he has yet to sign his tender.

Right End

Jason Jones

Jones is a nice asset to the Lions because he can flex in at defensive tackle as well as playing the end. Jones is a nice and cheap end that doesn’t quite get starter numbers but contributes when it counts. That Minnesota game goes a different way without Jones heroics. jones will likely be back as the starting right end.

Devin Taylor

Taylor is a guy that can be a starter in the future if he can continue to develop. Until then expect Taylor to be a rotational piece in 2015.

Larry Webster

Webster is likely a long-term project. He’s a natural athlete but lacks football acumen and knowledge. His athleticism makes him an exciting raw prospect to think about. But don’t expect anything for at least another year.