Monday, June 26, 2017

Detroit Lions training camp preview Defensive Tackles


I think this is a major weakness for the Lions. Only A'Shawn Robinson is a building block at this position. Lions have taken the Patriot way to tried many reclamation projects.


2016 STATS
PLAYERGAMESTACKLESSACKSPDFF
Haloti Ngata13221.530
A’Shawn Robinson16302.070
Akeem Spence^1619.500
Khyri Thornton1318101
Ego Ferguson00000
Jordan Hill#40000
Bruce Gaston00000
Jeremiah Ledbetter*12495.521
2016 Leaders

Stuffs
Robinson 5
Walker 4
Charles 2
Thornton 2

Sacks
Robinson 2
Ngata 1.5
Thornton 1

TFL
Robinson 6
Walker 4
Thornton 2

Hurries
Walker 6
Thornton 4
Ngata 4

Passes Defended
Robinson 7
Ngata 3

Return
Haloti Ngata
A'Shawn Robinson
Khyri Thornton

Key additions
Akeem Spence UFA Bucs
Jordan Hill FA
Jeremiah Ledbetter 6th round pick

Lost
Stefan Charles
Tyrunn Walker



Haloti Ngata 11th year in the NFL 3rd in Detroit
Trade 2015 Ravens
Regular Season: 27 games 47 tackles 3 sacks
Post Season 1 start 3 tackles 1 sack
preseason 3 tackles 1 sack
College: Utah 151 tackles 10 sacks
Combine: 6041 333 5.13 37 31.5 902 7.95 4.65
Contract: 1 year $7.7 Mil
PFF Rank: #69
SI.com Rank: #294
Snaps: 576 D 55 ST

Analysis:
The Lions are hoping to get one year out of Ngata. He will not play 16 games and should have limited snaps each game.


A'Shawn Robinson 2nd year in Detroit
2nd round pick 2016
Regular Season: 16 games 5 starts 30 tackles 2 sacks 7 PBU
Post Season: 1 starts 7 tackles
Preseason: 5 tackles 1 PBU
College: 42 games 30 starts 133 t 9 sacks 1 FF
Combine: 6035 307 5.13 22 26 810 7.8 4.74
Contract: 3 years $1.189
PFF Rank: #61
Snaps 450 D 43 ST

Analysis:
An ascending player who will settle in at the 3 technique. Showed good strength and hustle late in the season. Knocked down 7 passes.


Khyri Thornton 4th year in the NFL 3rd in Detroit
2015 FA Packers
Regular Season:  19 games 6 starts 23 tackles 1 sack
Preseason: 4 tackles 1 sack
College: Southern Miss 50 games 28 starts 116 tackles 5.5 sacks 2 FF
Combine: 6025 304 5.03 28 29 904 7.83 4.76
Contract: 2 years $1.3 mil
PFF Rank: #121
Snaps: 330 D 39 ST

Analysis:
Suspended for the first 6 games. Was re-signed over Charles (#83) and Walker (#77) both had better ranking than Khyri. Had flashes but need to be consistent.



Akeem Spence 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
UFA 2017 Bucs
NFL Career: 56 games 30 starts 96 t 5.5 sacks
College: Illinois 38 Starts 106 t 3.5 sacks 2 Ff 2 FR
Combine: 6006 307 5.15 37 30 811 7.82 4.62
Contract: 2 years $2.25
PFF rank: #124

Analysis:
Highly graded out of college. Started as a rookie, struggled last season. Lions hoping coaching and an opportunity can bring his best out.



Jordan Hill 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Jags, Seahawks
NFL Career 31 games 1 start 50 tackles 7 sacks 1 int 4 FR
College: Penn State 45 games 27 starts 171 tackles 9.5 sacks 4 FR 1 int
Combine: 6012 303 5.23 5.02 28 30 903 7.49 4.51
Contract: 1 year $695,000

Analysis:
Another guy trying to make a comeback. A rotational player in Seattle was cut last season.



Ego Ferguson 4th year in NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Bears
NFL Career: 20 games 1 starts 26 tackles 2 sacks 3 PD
College: LSU 38 games 12 starts 85 tackles 1 sack
Pro Day: 6027 315 5.1 29.5 803 7.99 5.03
Contract: 1 year $615,000

Analysis:
One of three former bears DL picked up this off season. A former 2nd round pick, Lions hope he can live up to his talent. Failed a physical this spring in Green Bay.



Bruce Gaston 4th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Bears and 8 other teams
NFL Career: 9 games 12 tackles 1 sack
College: Purdue 50 games 131 tackles 7 sacks
Pro Day: 6020 308 4.95 34 31 901 7.48 4.55
Contract: 1 year $615,000

Analysis:
Run stuffer who can push guys at the nose. Released 8/24



Jeremiah Ledbetter Rookie 6th Round pick
College: Arkansas 25 games 104 tackles 7.5 sacks 3 PBU 1 FF
Combine: 6027 281 4.84 29 37.5 1000 7.55 4.58
Contract: 4 years $501,040

Analysis:
A tweener with some athletic ability. Probably has to play inside. Interesting training camp for him.






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