As the long offseason continues on, I continue to see many commenters becoming intrigued with players who have an uphill battle to make the final roster, or even the practice squad. These players all have almost a following of lions fans, who wish to see them become a difference maker for this team. But which one of these players does POD hold in the highest regard? I will give a little background about each candidate, including positives and negitives, to the best of my ability. Let me know if I snub any deserving players in the comments and I will add them if you make a good case. I will not be including Bell in this voting because his spot on the roster is almost a sure thing. The guy has tons of talent, and could be a starter for some teams IMO.
Kris Durham: On paper, he's a white Calvin Johnson. 6ft 6, with a mid 4.4 40 yard dash and soft hands. However, he has very little experience, has trouble running routes and is borderline too thin at 216 (for comparison, Shaun Hill is 3 inches shorter and weighs 4 pounds more). But, these are all things a good offseason will fix, and the route running can be excused because he came in midseason. Also, Kris's Georgia playing days with Stafford will aid his efforts in making the squad, as will time in the film and weight room.
Patrick Edward: There has been a lot of hype about this speedy WR, with many players tweeting their support of him. He would be a Tavon Austin of sorts, with his short stature and speed helping in a mangled WR corps. He obviously lacks any NFL playing experience, and at just 175, may need to pack on the pounds to make it through an entire NFL season. Patrick could be a immediate difference maker however, and with many players alreadying showing their support, he could be the most likely to make the roster out of this bunch.
Joseph Fauria: A huge target at 6ft 7, this guy in the end zone with Calvin, Reggie, Pettigrew and possibly Durham would make it more like a Piston's game with all the height (excluding Reggie of course). He obviously has a great personality, tweeting, "And in the 8th round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Lions choose, @BigJoeFauria" after signing as an UDFA. Biggest detractor on Joe is that he isn't much of a blocker, which is normally what 3rd TE's are used for, so look for him on the practice squad this year. If he learns how to block effectivly though, Pettidrop will be looking for work else where come next season.
Chris Greenwood: We missed Chris last year when he landed on IR with an abdominal injury and never suited up. All we can go off of are his amazing physical abilities. 6ft1, 4.4 40 yard dash, long arms and a 43 inch vertical are definatly the makings of a great player, but the problem is, can he play? Is he just an athlete who dominated at a small college? Can make plays? There are questions he will have to answer with on field performance, or lack of. Another player with a ceiling in outerspace, and enough question marks to get him there.
Steven Miller: An undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State, Steven has the potential to become a Darren Sproles of sorts in a few years. He is speedy, but short running back who needs to prove he can play at this level. I first found out about Steven when I read an article about his desire to buy his grandma a memorial gravestone with his first NFL paycheck.