As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the offensive tackle position.
Starters: Riley Reiff (LT), LaAdrian Waddle (RT) | Top backups: Corey Hilliard, Cornelius Lucas
The Lions are returning both of their starting offensive tackles from last season. Riley Reiff will continue as the Lions' starting left tackle, and all signs point to LaAdrian Waddle remaining the Lions' starting right tackle. I know there's theoretically a camp battle set to take place between Waddle and Corey Hilliard during training camp, but there's no reason to think that Hilliard will win that competition after what happened last season. Waddle became the Lions' permanent starting right tackle after injuries forced him into action, and he performed quite well.
As for the backups, Hilliard should be No. 3 on the depth chart if he isn't a starter. I also expect undrafted free agent Cornelius Lucas to make the team as a backup. The Lions have been extremely high on his potential, and perhaps he could turn into this year's Waddle.
Other players: Michael Williams, Bryce Quigley
The only other players at tackle are the versatile Bryce Quigley, who will likely spend a lot of time inside at guard, and former tight end Michael Williams, who seems like a good bet for the practice squad if he doesn't make the team. Williams just switched to tackle in May, and a year on the practice squad could help him adjust to his new position.
Camp battle to watch: LaAdrian Waddle vs. Corey Hilliard
I personally don't think it will really be that much of a battle, but I suppose we shouldn't completely close the door on the idea that Hilliard could beat out Waddle to start at right tackle. I would be pretty surprised if it happens, but if nothing else, this will be something to monitor in the early weeks of training camp.