Looking at the Detroit Lions Offensive Depth Chart after the NFL Draft

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Detroit Lions, Penei Sewell
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Detroit Lions Offensive Tackles

  1. Taylor Decker (LT)
  2. Peneii Sewell (RT)
  3. Matt Nelson
  4. Obinna Eze
  5. Dan Skipper

The Detroit Lions are set at starting tackles with a high-end softener on each end. Taylor Decker is as solid as they come and an excellent blindside pass blocker. On the other side, Sewell looks like he should be a star in no time with sky-high potential.

Their depth behind them is suspect. Matt Nelson has been just okay in his time filling in as a swing tackle, and the spot could certainly be improved. The Lions brought in UDFA Obinna Eze out of TCU to compete with him. Eze has the potential to be a good swing tackle with his size and movement skills, but his technique could use a lot of work before he is ready to face NFL players.

A look at the interior of the Detroit Lions Offensive Line.

  1. Jonah Jackson (LG)
  2. Frank Ragnow (C)
  3. Halapoulivaati Vaitai (RG)
  4. Evan Brown
  5. Tommy Kraemer
  6. Logan Stenberg
  7. Ryan McCollum

The interior offensive line played very well last year, and the Lions decided not to rock the boat with any new additions. Jonah Jackson broke out last year, playing incredibly well and earning himself a Pro Bowl berth. In the middle, Frank Ragnow had a toe injury last year, but he is arguably the best center in the league when healthy.

Next to him, Hal Vaitai played the best football of his career and was an integral part of the offensive line’s success. The top depth piece on the interior is Evan Brown, who filled in at center behind Ragnow.

Brown exceeded all expectations filling in and could be a solid starter in the future. However, the rest of the depth is not the best. As an undrafted rookie, Kraemer started three games last year and should improve in his second season. Competing with Kraemer will be Logan Stenberg, the former fourth-round pick. Stenberg has struggled in his three years in the NFL but can be a solid backup in the run game.

The Lions’ offense has the ability to be the strength of the team and in the top half of the league. The offensive line is one of the best in the leagues and should elevate the rest of the roster. Outside of the line, the team has playmakers at every spot with Swift, Hockenson, Chark, and Williams.

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The sky truly is the limit with this cast, but the offense’s success comes down to Jared Goff. If he plays like he did at the end of the year and with the Rams, the offense could be truly scary, but if he plays like the beginning of last year, the offense will end up middle of the pack, which would be a disappointment given the talent on the roster.