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Lions near the middle of the pack in latest ESPN power rankings

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With still a month before the NFL Draft, the Lions made a slight move in the Worldwide Leader’s power rankings.

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The high tide of free agency has subsided, but we’re in proverbial the eye of the NFL’s offseason hurricane. It’s the calm before the storm that is the NFL Draft, and plenty of teams will be using that long weekend as a means to fill out their respective rosters with both potential starters and viable depth.

But nothing stops the 24-hour news cycle. The Worldwide Leader cannot contain itself, it knows only how to produce, and on Tuesday they revealed their second set of offseason power rankings.

The Detroit Lions, who ranked 20th in their “Way-too-early 2018 NFL Power Rankings” back in February, moved their way up two spots to No. 18 after the start of free agency. Here is ESPN’s rationale for Detroit’s two-spot climb:

“The Lions ranked 27th in total defense last season but there will be a lot of new faces on Detroit’s defense in 2018. Gone are Haloti Ngata, D.J. Hayden, Tahir Whitehead, and in are Sylvester Williams, DeShawn Shead and Christian Jones.”

Not so surprisingly, ESPN makes mention of the changeover in defensive personnel for the Lions, but doesn’t make note of one of the “marquee”—I’ve never used a word so liberally—signings in linebacker Devon Kennard.

Are the Lions too low? Too high? Just right? Do your best Goldilocks impression in the poll below to let us know how you feel about the national perception of the Lions at this point in the offseason.


The Lions ranked 18th among NFL teams, at this point in the offseason, is...

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  • 54%
    Too low
    (569 votes)
  • 7%
    Too high
    (75 votes)
  • 37%
    Just right
    (393 votes)
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