Going into this year's draft, there was a lot of speculation about where Riley Reiff will play on the offensive line in 2015. This has really become an annual offseason tradition, although the Detroit Lions did finally close the door on the possibility of him moving to guard. The door was left wide open for Reiff potentially switching from left to right tackle, though, even after the Lions picked up his fifth-year option.
Basically, the thinking was that if the Lions used their first-round pick on a tackle, that player could potentially start at left tackle, forcing Reiff to move over to the right side. As we now know, the Lions did not use their first-round pick on a tackle. Instead, they took Laken Tomlinson, who is expected to start at left guard, and they waited until the seventh round to add a tackle (Corey Robinson). As a result, Reiff will likely be staying at his left tackle spot.
I would be interested to see how the offensive line performs with Cornelius Lucas at left tackle and Reiff over on the right side, but it doesn't sound like that's on the table at this point. Lucas could still be in the starting lineup, though, because LaAdrian Waddle's status for the start of the season is up in the air after he had offseason surgery to fix a partially torn ACL. If Waddle is healthy, he will likely be the starting right tackle, but there's no known timetable on when he will be back to 100 percent health.
Another spot that could be up in the air is center. Travis Swanson has been expected to take over as the Lions' starting center with Dominic Raiola done in Detroit, but perhaps the Lions' acquisition of Manny Ramirez from the Denver Broncos will change those plans.
Washburn on if Travis Swanson is a starter: "I don't know .. The depth kind of develops itself."— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 2, 2015
According to Pro Football Focus, Ramirez was the No. 5 center in the entire NFL back in 2013, but he dropped down to 28th last year. Granted, he moved to right guard halfway through the season, but he had a few rough games even before that point. My guess is that Swanson will still end up starting and the Lions probably just don't want to hand anybody an open starting job at this point in the offseason.