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10/2011 Detroit Lions Top 20 Players

October 19th 2011 15:53
1. WR Calvin Johnson- Really the only reason why this offense functions. Stafford's fine, but he would be half the player with Johnson. Of course that goes with most QBs, but Stafford isn't really all that good. He's above-average- which isn't bad- but nothing more; he's overrated by a lot of guys.

2. DE Cliff Avril- Yeah, the underrated Avril is their second best player. To tell you the truth, the Lions aren't really that talented. You may think I am underrating Suh, but the young tackle has a lot to prove. For as great as he is as a pass rusher, Avril is better. One other thing, Avril isn't a liability against the run.

3. DT Ndamukong Suh- A little overrated, but he is still a beast.

4. DT Corey Williams- Loses too much credit because of Suh, as he is just as good as the sophomore sensation. Did I also say that the Lions are overrated as a team and playing over their heads? Like, their offense has only one strength, and that's a passing offense that should be described exactly how I said Matt Stafford is as a player; above-average, but nothing more. Defensively, the front seven is great; but the secondary sucks.

5. QB Matthew Stafford- There really wasn't that much of a choice.

6. LB Stephen Tulloch- He's getting lucky in coverage this year, but I never doubt the guy as a run-stuffer.

7. LB Justin Durant- The only thing he's good at is stopping the run, but boy does he mess with running backs.

8. S Louis Delmas- The only strength in the secondary. Chris Houston is alright, but Delmas is the only guy who you can truly call "good". And even then, he really isn't that good.

9. LT Jeff Backus- The only solid player on a very poor line that got destroyed- as expected- by the Smiths.

10. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch- He really needs to improve though, because he has been pretty bad these past two seasons.

11. TE Brandon Pettigrew- He drops everything and is an overrated player, but he's better than the guys behind him on this list.

12. LB DeAndre Levy- At least he isn't their best linebacker anymore. That's not a knock on Levy, but my knock is that he is above-average at best.

13. DT Sammie Hill- Underrated player who is yet another guy on the line overshadowed by Suh.

14. CB Eric Wright- While he isn't such a good player in coverage, Wright is one of the best corners in the league against the run. As far as physical corners go, Wright is probably in the top ten.

15. S Amari Spievey- Schwartz, I'm still waiting for that breakout you promised me. He's been OK, but I think he still has something to prove.

16. QB Shaun Hill- He actually isn't that much worse than Stafford, but he is worse.

17. WR Nate Burleson- He can catch and run routes, what more do you want?

18. DE Lawrence Jackson- I'm running out of ideas.

19. DT Nick Fairley- Yeah, this is definitely a "potential" ranking.

20. RB Jahvid Best- I really tried to avoid putting him on this list, but I ran out of ideas. He can catch and is explosive, but he is a terrible running back overall. Why? It's only because he just isn't very good at actually consistently getting yardage! Simply put, he can't run! This is a guy who averages three yards per carry, and this isn't a statistical fluke either. The line may be bad, but they aren't that bad to make Best a 3 YPC guy automatically.
Overrated, but still pretty good
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Comment by The Wiz

October 20th 2011 05:46
Jahvid Best averages 4.6 yard per carry this season along with 10.6 yards per catch. He had a rough rookie season but it is only his 2nd year in the league and can break a long play at any point in the game. I would have to say that he is better than at least the the backup quarterback, which you have listed in front of him. Also Suh had 10 sacks in his rookie season to go along with 66 tackles. Avril, in his 4th season, averaged 6 sacks a season for his first 3 seasons and has only 2 so far this year. I would put Suh at number 2 but that's just my opinion.

Comment by Joe Soriano

October 20th 2011 14:43
Running backs aren't really that important in this league, so I don't rate them highly unless if they are that good. Best isn't even a top 50 running back right now. As for the Suh ranking, people really need to stop looking at stats. Pressure are a much better way to evaluate pass rushers, because getting a sack out of a pressure has far more to do with luck than skill. A pass rusher's main job is to rush the passer and get pressure. Although Suh is a monster, Avril is so quick off the edge and is a guy who people rarely talk about. Suh is a little overhyped, but he's still great. I think he needs to improve more against the run to overtake Avril, but he should be able to by the end of next season. Stopping the run is very important for defensive tackles, and Suh lacks a little in this regard. Shaun Hill actually isn't all that bad, it's just that statistics skew thinking; I look at things from a scouting perspective. By the way, YPCatch is a horrible statistic to use, but Best is a good pass catcher.

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