August 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Our predictions series continues with a look at who will be the Detroit Lions' breakout player on defense in 2012. Like on offense, there is a popular pick that should surprise nobody given all of the offseason hype that was directed his way. Also like offense, though, there isn't a consensus among Pride Of Detroit's writers. Take a look:
simscity: DE Willie Young
Another no-brainer. The guy has been secretly one of the best defensive ends on the roster for a couple years now. With Kyle Vanden Bosch aging, expect Young to see a lot more snaps this year and make the most of them. Also, remember this?
Packey: DE Willie Young
If the Lions decide against paying Cliff Avril his well-earned money after this season, I tend to think it will because Young broke out and they can better afford to let Avril walk.
Sean Yuille: DE Willie Young
Willie Young has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and he should be featured a lot more in the rotation on the defensive line this year. I don't necessarily expect him to put up Cliff Avril-like numbers, but he may come pretty close in 2012.
TuffLynx: CB Bill Bentley
The Lions need several defensive players to have outstanding seasons. I think Willie Young has a good chance of making a big impact this year, but he is going to be in a deep rotation on the defensive line. The Lions need somebody in the secondary to step up and become a stud, so I am predicting Bill Bentley to be the breakout defensive player for the Lions in 2012.
Who will be the Detroit Lions' breakout defensive player in 2012?
DE Willie Young (422 votes)
CB Bill Bentley (230 votes)
Somebody else (64 votes)
716 total votes