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2016 NFL Draft results: Lions' winners and losers

The Detroit Lions 2016 draft changed a lot of things for a lot of players on the Lions' roster.

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With the Detroit Lions 2016 depth chart now thoroughly jumbled after the 2016 NFL Draft, it's time to see which players have benefited, and which have suffered the most from the Lions' ten new additions.


  • Matthew Stafford - Remember last year when Stafford left Minnesota bruised, battered and depressed? Well, general manager Bob Quinn did everything he can to make sure that never happens. The Lions added three offensive lineman in their first five draft picks over the long weekend. Now, not only is the starting lineup expected to be much better, but the depth is also excellent. 

  • Devin Taylor - Most (myself included) presumed Taylor would fall back to a rotational role after the Lions were done selecting his replacement in the draft. But Detroit waited all the way until the sixth round to draft a potential defensive end in Anthony Zettel. At this point, the starting job is Taylor's to lose.

  • TJ Jones and Corey Fuller - Both Jones and Fuller have struggled to find roles in the Lions' offense, and many thought the Lions would spend a late-round draft pick to push one or both of them off of the depth chart. Instead, the Lions went the entire draft without selecting a receiver (although Dwayne Washington may move from running back to wide receiver). Jones and Fuller will now have a chance to compete for playing time and prove their worth.


  • Gabe Wright - It only took one season for Wright to move from a fourth-round draft pick to a player who may be without a team. A'Shawn Robinson and the free-agency addition of Stefan Charles has made Wright's climb up the depth chart nearly impossible. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Lions attempt to trade the 23-year-old defensive tackle, as other teams may still see some potential in him.

  • Don Muhlbach - It's not hard to see the writing on the wall for everyone's favorite Muhldozer. With the Lions selecting long snapper Jimmy Landes in the sixth round, Muhlbach days are sadly numbered. It's possible he sticks around for one more year, while the Lions try to stash Landes on the practice squad. But you might want to start saying your goodbyes now. 

  • 2015's offensive line depth - Now that Quinn has given the offensive line a complete makeover, the old leftovers are sure to be on their way out. This includes tackles Cornelius Lucas, Corey Robinson and interior lineman Gabe Ikard and Darren Keyton. This draft was also bad news for Geoff Schwartz, who was presumably brought in to challenge for a starting role. Now, it appears he is firmly here in Detroit for depth purposes. 

  • Travis Swanson - For all of those holding out hope they would give Swanson one more year to figure things out, it appears Quinn does not hold the same patience. Although third-round pick Graham Glasgow won't have the starting center position handed to him, smart money is on him to overtake Swanson's job before the end of the year.