2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Lions had an awful season last year, losing a lot of close games and failing to close late in game. But don't overlook this team. They are a talented, young team with big plusses on both sides of the ball. This is a playoff team capable of making a deep run. Things just need to break their way a little more this season. It wouldn't surprise to see the Lions make it back to the playoffs and win double-digit games.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Ryan Broyles, WR. Sure, he is returning from another major knee injury but he knows what it takes to return from such an injury and should be healthy for the start of the year. He might be slowed some early in the year because of the injury but a big part of the offense before long. Before getting hurt last year, Broyles was starting to produce, having a 126-yard performance the game before his injury. He is a talented receiver and likely starter opposite Calvin Johnson in the near future. Broyles is worth a late-round look come draft day.

FANTASY DUD

Reggie Bush, RB. Bush heads to the Lions this season and has a lot of upside in their high-powered offense. But we think he could be a tad overvalued this year. Sure, he has great reception potential and should finish with pretty good total yardage numbers. But he has topped 1,000-rushing yards just once in his career and the Lions don't have a good history of producing top fantasy running backs the last several seasons. Bush won't be terrible by any means but don't expect him to suddenly be an elite fantasy back. Plus, he isn't likely to get the goal-line work, so his touchdown totals aren't going to be very good.

Team Notes

Apr 16, 02:13 PM Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush played 54 percent of the offensive snaps in 2013 while Bell participated in 49 percent of the snaps.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise. These guys are in a real timeshare.
Apr 16, 10:53 AM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he thinks he can be a 'more explosive Lance Moore,' referring to the former New Orleans Saints receiver. Moore caught 65 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.

Fantasy Impact: Tate could really see a surge in stats with his new team. He seems a good fit for the Lions.
Apr 15, 10:12 AM The Detroit Lions are having productive talks with DT Ndamukong Suh's agent about a contract extension.
Apr 14, 12:52 PM The Detroit Lions will re-sign CB Rashean Mathis to an undisclosed one-year deal, according to a league source. Mathis started 13 games last year and recorded 47 tackles.
Apr 11, 10:55 AM Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. 'It certainly didn't blindside me,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on.
Apr 10, 10:42 AM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Apr 09, 02:13 PM Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') has been cleared to participate in offseason workouts.
Apr 07, 05:32 PM The Detroit Lions have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent WR Jeremy Ross. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 07, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 7, even though he will be entering the final year of his contract.
Apr 07, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 7.
Apr 07, 02:12 PM The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent CB Cassius Vaughn (Colts) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 07, 09:12 AM The Detroit Lions are working out free-agent CB Cassius Vaughn (Colts) Monday, April 7.
Apr 06, 11:52 PM The Detroit Lions would like to sign DT Nick Fairley to a long-term contract extension if he starts to show consistency in his play and has a good work ethic.
Apr 05, 12:32 PM Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year deal worth $855,000.
Apr 02, 04:43 PM Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle is expected to be the leading candidate for the start right tackle job entering training camp. OT Corey Hilliard is expected to compete for the job.
Apr 02, 04:13 PM The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll compete for the top backup job with the Lions this season.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
RB Reggie Bush, WR Devin Thomas, PK David Akers, DL Jason Jones, DL C.J. Mosley, CB Domonique Johnson, CB Glover Quin. 

Losses:
PK Jason Hanson, OT Jeff Backus, OT Gosder Cherilus, OG Stephen Peterman, DL Cliff Avril, CB Drayton Florence, CB Jacob Lacey. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  5 Ezekiel AnsahDL
 # 2  4 Darius SlayDB
 # 3  3 Larry WarfordOL
 # 4  35 Devin TaylorDL
 # 5  32 Sam MartinP
 # 6  3 Corey FullerWR
 # 6  31 Theo RiddickRB
 # 7  5 Michael WilliamsTE
 # 7  39 Brandon HepburnLB
 Undrafted Joseph FauriaTE
 Undrafted Havard RuglandK
 Undrafted Alex CarderQB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Minnesota
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     at Arizona
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at Washington
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Chicago
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Green Bay
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Cleveland
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Cincinnati
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Dallas
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at Chicago
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
13     Nov 27 12:30PM     Green Bay
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
15     Dec 15 8:40PM     Baltimore
16     Dec 21 4:05PM     New York Giants
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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