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Pair of Detroit Lions named ‘Dark horse’ candidates to be best at their position in 2020

When looking up and down through the Detroit Lions roster, there are not many players (if any) who would be in the consideration for best in the league at their position.

But according to Pro Football Focus, the Lions have a pair of players who they believe are ‘Dark horse’ candidates to be the highest graded at their position in 2020.

Those players are WR Kenny Golladay and C Frank Ragnow.

Here is what PFF has to say about Golladay and Ragnow.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY, DETROIT LIONS

PFF’s fantasy projections — which are slightly less bullish on Golladay now than they were a month ago — currently have him slated for 1,300 receiving yards in 2020. With Matthew Stafford returning and feeding him downfield targets, there is a good chance that Golladay puts up big numbers and high grades in a Detroit offense that was pushing the ball downfield in the passing game early and often during the 2019 season. After all, few players are better at coming down with those deep passes than he is. Golladay’s 930 receiving yards on passes 20 or more yards downfield over the past two seasons are fewer than only Tyreek Hilland Mike Evans. Those big plays could be the key to a big grade in 2020.

C FRANK RAGNOW, DETROIT LIONS

Ragnow fit right into his new position in 2019, and given his play at Arkansas while at center, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Similar to those collegiate days, run blocking was the strength of Ragnow’s game this past season.

His 78.2 run-blocking grade fell below only Jason Kelce on the season at the position, and his 74.9 overall grade already ranked sixth in the NFL among centers. Heading into his second season at the position, there’s a real chance we could be talking about Ragnow as one of the best young offensive linemen in the NFL this time next season if others aren’t already.

Nation, if you had to pick a Lions player to be the best graded at their position in 2020, who would it be?

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