Unlike the Oline the Dline is stacked with talent from the starting four all the way down to the depth, even the PS has potential now thats frightening. Here are the players we will be looking at KVB, SLH, Turk, Cliff, Lo Jack, C.Wil and yours truely King Kong...
Kyle Vanden Bosch: Relentless, 350 Chevy Motor and the heart of the most fierce Lion in the jungle. KVB in his first year with the Lions did more than stats can show for, I know the Dline started to really click once he went out with season ending neck injury but he was the motor of our line and remained that from the sidelines. KVB played in 11 games and recorded 49 tackles, 4 sacks and was a big mentor for Suh, Avril and the rest of the line.
Ndamukong Suh: King Kong ain't got s@*t on Suh. In his first year he only won Pepsi Rookie of the Year and AP DROY was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl and named to the All Pro Team. Did i mention he was only a rookie. 16 games played and 16 games he played through a injuried shoulder which is scary to think what he will do once a 100%. In those 16 games Suh recorded 83 total tackles, 10 sacks, a INT and yes a TD. Suh was double team more often than anything and even triple teamed at times but still put together a hell of a season and truely anchored the Dline.
Corey Williams: This is what i found on C. Wil "Not very coachable, can get pushed backwards as a run stopper, not an anchor or team leader" just give 4 BS's and we'll call it a day. If my memory serves me correctly Corey was one of the Lions who came out and said that players are just here collecting a pay check and not giving a 100%. I really don't recall seeing him pushed back and not anchoring the line in run support although he didn't have a great year playing alongside Suh it was decent. Williams rotated in and out alot with SLH and recorded 42 tackles, 2 sacks and a INT.
Cliff Avril: Speed Demon on the edge this kid comes full tilt every play and sometimes over runs the play. He was critized early on for being non-exsistant in the run game but added 15 to 20 lbs in the off season and looked decent this year in stopping the run. Cliff only played in 13 games this year but tallied up 8.5 sacks and 43 tackles although he had decent numbers you want to see more out of him than that with Suh allowing both DE's one on one match ups, giving that he only played in 13 games we'll give him the benefit of the doubt and asume he would have cracked double digit sacks.
Sammie Hill: Although SLH didn't start to me he should have. He has the size and mobility to pair up so sweetly with Suh, SLH only played in 15 games and used as a rotational guy to spell Suh and C. Wil still put up very decent numbers recording 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks. One of Schwartz and Mayhews gems in the 2009 draft SLH was choosen in the 4th round out Stillman College. I really like Sammie's chances of unthorning C. Wil as a start and making that front four so much more sicker.
Lawrence Jackson: Can you say Mayhewed. Jackson didn't fit in Seattle for some strange reason so we gave them this years 6th round pick in return we got a former first round pick just 3 years ago, he played in 11 games and only recorded 47 tackles and 6 sacks. I think Jackson is another guy that will be pushing for a starting job on this years team he sometimes over pursues the play and gets took out of it, is stronger than Avril in run support and to me a better rusher.
Turk McBride: Turk is very intresting to me, was under Gun in KC and was picked up off waivers. Here is another former high pick (2nd round) that just didn't work for them but seems to be excelling under Gun in Detroit. Playing in 15 games he had 50 tackles and 5 sacks, next to KVB Turk is the best in run support and a very good tackler he brings alot to the table and should be involved in the battle for the starting line up.
I just want to add that i truely believe we will have the best front four in the game this year. I can't wait to see how the battles unfold in camp with Turk, Jackson and Avril as well as SLH and C. Wil... Detroits depth along the Dline is going to be just as good as some starting lines in the NFL. Well enjoy and as aways feel free to comment, rec or ignore.