Detroit Lions: Analyzing the Defensive Depth Chart

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Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback

Darius Slay

(23) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Detroit won 16-14. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Detroit struggled last year at points in the secondary, specifically at the Nickel position where njuries hampered the Lions opportunity of becoming a better defense in all areas on the field. Detroit clearly needed to add depth and they needed to find the eventual replacement for Rashean Mathis.

Detroit added Josh Wilson who can play the nickel spot, as well as drafting Quandre Diggs and Alex Carter. I believe Diggs will be a difference maker the guy has a lot of skill playing the ball, Carter I’d imagine will be the replacement to Mathis.

Detroit’s safeties were what held the Detroit defense together in the backfield. Glover Quin is one of the most underrated safeties in the game today. Quin had a great year in Detroit and was key in many of Detroit’s victories including the win against New Orleans.

The Verdict: 

Detroit did what they needed to do, and that was add depth. Obviously during the course of a season players will get banged up so depth is crucial to a team to succeed in the NFL today specifically in a Quarterback driven league.

Next: The Final Verdict