Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn used the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft to address defense, as he should have. In the first round, he grabbed Jarrad Davis, a linebacker out of Florida and he followed that pick up by selecting another Florida product, cornerback Teez Tabor, in round two.

Of those two draft picks, ESPN writer Michael Rothstein believes that only one will be in the starting lineup when the Lions open the 2017 regular season. Here is what Rothstein projects the starting lineup to look like, and I happen to agree with each and every projection.

Please click here to read Rothstein’s full piece on his projections.


QB: Matthew Stafford

RB: Ameer Abdullah

WR: Marvin Jones

LT: Taylor Decker

LG: Graham Glasgow

C: Travis Swanson

RG: T.J. Lang

RT: Rick Wagner

TE: Eric Ebron

WR: Golden Tate

WR: Kenny Golladay


DE: Ezekiel Ansah

DT: Haloti Ngata

DT: A’Shawn Robinson

DE: Kerry Hyder

LB: Antwione Williams

MLB: Jarrad Davis

LB: Tahir Whitehead

CB: Darius Slay

FS: Glover Quin

SS: Tavon Wilson

CB: Nevin Lawson


K: Matt Prater

P: Sam Martin

KR: Dwayne Washington

PR: Jamal Agnew