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Lions notes: Miles Killebrew listed as a top breakout prospect by ESPN

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Miles Killebrew could be one of the biggest defensive breakout stars in the NFL, according to ESPN.

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  • ESPN listed their top 25 breakout “prospects” for 2017 (insider required). The list is defined as “a list of players that have a strong chance to make an impact in the NFL despite their lack of draft stock and the fact that they weren't immediate NFL starters.”

Detroit Lions safety Miles Killebrew made the list at No. 19. Here’s a portion of what they had to say about him.

A rangy, hard-hitting safety in the Deone Bucannon "safety who is really a linebacker" mold, Killebrew projects to see plenty of time in Detroit's secondary going forward. Glover Quin is getting closer to 30, and under Teryl Austin, the Lions have been open to dime defenses, going with them 18 percent of the time in 2016.

Interestingly, running back Dwayne Washington was also named as an honorable mention on the list.

  • When facing pressure last year, Matthew Stafford didn’t have one, specific safety valve he relied upon:

  • Former Lions defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is a free agent after a sexual assault allegation caused the Rams to cut him. All NFL teams were notified Thursday that Walker has now been cleared of all chargers:

Later, I joined Ann Arbor’s WTKA to preview the upcoming season:

  • A few Red Wings stopped by Wednesday’s practice: