Last year, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco named tight end Brandon Pettigrew as the Detroit Lions' most overrated player, and he listed offensive guard Larry Warford as their most underrated player. Given that Pettigrew had just signed a four-year, $16 million deal earlier in the 2014 offseason and didn't exactly live up to that, I'd say that was a pretty good pick. On the flip side, Warford took a bit of a step back after a stellar rookie season, but I suppose that simply resulted in him being even more underrated this year.
For 2015, Prisco chose safety James Ihedigbo as the Lions' most overrated player. This seems like a pretty accurate pick. Prisco notes that Ihedigbo "made some plays early in the season" and "is a nice player near the line of scrimmage," but the safety "isn't great in coverage and he had some problems in that area in key games." Ihedigbo may think he is deserving of a new contract, but his play down the stretch of last season suggests otherwise.
For his most underrated Lions player, Prisco went with cornerback Darius Slay this year. Prisco views Slay as a player who could "maybe" make the Pro Bowl in 2015, and he was impressed with how much Slay improved last year. Given all of the hype he's received this offseason, I'm not so sure if it's fair to say that Slay is underrated at this point, but he definitely seems poised for a breakout type of season.
Who are your picks for the most overrated and underrated players on the Lions?