The make-up of the Detroit Lions' defense is one that emphasizes a strong defensive line. The Lions are overflowing with talent at both defensive end and defensive tackle, but is that where they will find their most valuable player on defense in 2012? Only one of Pride Of Detroit's writers believes that will be the case. The rest have selected a linebacker to be the MVP in 2012.
Here's the full rundown of predictions for the Lions' defensive MVP this season:
Packey: LB Stephen Tulloch
I think one of the Lions' captains racks up over 100 tackles and achieves career highs in sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles again.
Sean Yuille: LB Stephen Tulloch
The defensive line may have the most talent on the Lions' defense, but I expect Stephen Tulloch to be their MVP in 2012. He has quickly established himself as the quarterback of the defense, and this season I expect him to show exactly why the Lions gave him a five-year contract in the offseason.
TuffLynx: LB Stephen Tulloch
The Lions' defense puts a lot of stress on the linebackers to compensate for the scheme of the defensive line and the deficiencies of the secondary. The man in the middle is the glue that holds it all together. Stephen Tulloch is my prediction to be the defensive MVP for the Lions this coming season.
simscity: DE Cliff Avril
The guy is going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder in a contract year and was arguably the defensive MVP last year. While he may cede yards in the running game, he seems to have a knack for coming up with a big-time defensive play at the most opportune time.