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Where the Lions roster stands: Defensive tackle

A breakdown of the Detroit Lions' defensive tackles and what needs they may have at the position.


As we start to look ahead to training camp, we're going to take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions roster. Next up is the defensive tackle position.

Back from last season: Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen

New to the team: C.J. Mosley

Especially when compared to defensive end, the defensive tackle position had a pretty boring offseason for the Lions. The Lions did lose Sammie Hill to the Tennessee Titans, but they replaced him with free agent C.J. Mosley. Corey Williams and Andre Fluellen are currently free agents after spending time with the Lions, but neither player is expected back at this point.

A big reason for the lack of activity at defensive tackle revolves around the fact that Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are established as the two starters. They are hoping to become the best defensive tackle tandem in all of the NFL, and at the very least, they are both looking to take their game to another level in 2013.

With Mosley serving as the top backup at defensive tackle, Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen are set to compete for the final spot at the position. Both players joined the Lions toward the end of last season, and unless the Lions decide to bring in a free agent, one of them should have a shot at making the 53-man roster.

Need going forward?

The Lions have pretty good depth at defensive tackle thanks to their top three of Suh, Fairley and Mosley. I'd like to see them re-sign Williams if he's healthy to really bolster their top four, but perhaps the Lions have plans to play Jason Jones and/or Israel Idonije inside in certain situations. That could be the reason they haven't sought out extra help at defensive tackle.

Previously: Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive tackle, offensive guard, center, defensive end

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