The 2010 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions’ Success Depends on Defensive Line

February 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 2009, the Detroit Lions' defensive line had about 14 sacks. Compare that to Denver's Elvis Dumervil, who alone had 17 sacks. Or Minnesota's Jared Allen, who accounted for 14.5 sacks.
Talk all around Detroit is about upgrading the defensive line, and that will be the single biggest reason for increased success in 2010. Improved secondary or not, without a better defensive line everyone will suffer.
The Lions already have a weak group of defensive backs, and when they have to try and cover receivers for about a minute each play, there will be problems. With absolutely no pass rush last season, Cleveland's quarterback Brady Quinn looked like another Brady we all know. If the defensive line is not addressed, expect another season with around two wins.
The good news is, this year's draft is full of talented linemen. The Lions hold the second pick, and are guaranteed either defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. Both are arguably the best players in the 2010 NFL D...

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