Pride Of Detroit is counting down the top 10 Detroit Lions players of 2013, as voted on by readers of the site. 1,051 ballots were submitted, and next up is a look at the No. 1 player on the list.
No. 1 - WR Calvin Johnson - 9,796 points (659 first-place votes)
This won't come as a surprise given who has already been revealed as a member of this list, but wide receiver Calvin Johnson is No. 1 on the Top 10 Lions of 2013. This is the second year in a row Johnson has been voted first on this list, and he received 9,796 points this year. Interestingly, he appeared on only 1,039 ballots (eight fewer than Matthew Stafford), but he still finished first by amassing 659 first-place votes.
Johnson, who is entering his seventh season with the Lions, has established himself as one of the best players in the entire NFL. He finished with 122 catches for 1,964 yards last season, and he set the single-season receiving record despite playing for a team that won only four games.
It's true that Johnson's touchdown numbers dropped in 2012, but that was a product of bad luck as much as anything. Not only was he tackled several times inside the five-yard line, but with the lack of weapons around him on offense, defenses sometimes put as many as three guys on Johnson in the red zone. That alone shows how dangerous he is as a wide receiver.
Considering he has the potential to be one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, it's no surprise that the man they call Megatron is your No. 1 Lion of 2013.
Previously: No. 10 Ryan Broyles, No. 9 Stephen Tulloch, No. 8 Riley Reiff, No. 7 Chris Houston, No. 6 Glover Quin, No. 5 Nick Fairley, No. 4 Reggie Bush, No. 3 Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 Matthew Stafford