Our latest series on the Detroit Lions roster continues with a comparison of the offensive tackle position from 2014 to 2015. Did the Lions improve at offensive tackle? Let's take a look.
2014 OTs: Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Corey Hilliard, Cornelius Lucas
2015 OTs: Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Cornelius Lucas, Corey Robinson, Michael Williams, Xavier Proctor
Aside from putting Michael Williams back on the roster after he spent last season on the practice squad and moving Xavier Proctor from defense to offense, the only new name at offensive tackle is Corey Robinson. He was drafted by the Lions in the seventh round this year, and he's the only real addition to the offensive tackle position. He essentially takes the place of Corey Hilliard, who signed with the New York Jets this offseason before deciding to retire.
Did they improve?
They most certainly did not. In fact, I would say the Lions have gone in the opposite direction at offensive tackle simply because Hilliard is gone and LaAdrian Waddle is still recovering from a partially torn ACL. Guys like Riley Reiff and Cornelius Lucas should continue to improve, but the Lions are lacking in the depth department right now at this position.
What about compared to 2013?
2013 OTs: Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Corey Hilliard, Jason Fox
Injuries caused a revolving door of starters at right tackle in 2013, but the Lions really got good production from Waddle once he settled into that spot. And even though Hilliard and Fox were often banged up, they provided good depth when healthy, and I'm sure the Lions would like to have that kind of depth this year with Waddle still dealing with an injury of his own.