Sunday, June 25, 2017

Detroit Lions training camp preview Defensive Ends


The Lions struggled on defense in 2016. Football Outsiders ranked the Lions dead last in the NFL. Defensive Line was ranked # 26 against the run and # 25 vs. the pass. The Lions spent very litte in terms of resources on the D-line.

2016 STATS
PLAYERGAMESTACKLESSACKSFF
Ziggy Ansah13352.00
Kerry Hyder Jr.16368.00
Cornelius Washington#15202.00
Armonty Bryant553.01
Anthony Zettel13131.00
Brandon Copeland16160.01
Pat O'Connor*13428.55
Alex Barrett*14537.50
Jeremiah Valoaga*10245.51

Leaders 2016

Snaps
Taylor 717
Hyder 705
Ansah 539
Zettel 224
Gilberry 125
Bryant 104

Stuffs
Hyder 4
Ansah 4
Taylor

Sacks
Hyder 8
Taylor 4.5
Bryant 3
Ansah 2
Zettel 1

TFL
Hyder 11
Ansah 7
Taylor 4

Hurries
Hyder 11
Ansah 9
Taylor 8

Return
Ziggy Ansah
Anthony Zettel
Armonty Bryant
Brandon Copeland
Kerry Hyder

Key additions
Cornelius Washington UFA Bears
Pat O'Connor 7th round pick

Losses
Devin Taylor






Ziggy Ansah 5th year in Detroit
1st round pick 2013
Regular season 163 tackles 32 sacks
Post Season: 2 starts 11 tackles 3 sacks
Pre season 14 tackles 1.5 sacks
College: BYU 31 starts 72 tackles 4.5 sacks 1 int
Combine: 6051 271 4.63 21 34.5 910 4.26 7.11
Contract: 1 year $12.7 mil
Pro Football Focus Rank: #51

Analysis:
Final year on the contract for the Zig. He struggled in 2016. He has taken it easy this spring. I would not sign him to a long term contract. You have to wonder how many prime years he has left.


Kerry Hyder 4th year in the NFL 3rd in Detroit
FA 2015 Jets
Regular Season 17 games 2 starts 8 sacks 36 tackles
Playoffs 2 tackles
Pre season 8 tackles 3 sacks 3 FR
College: Texas Tech 49 games 41 starts 176 tackles 11 sacks 6 FF
Combine: 6024 290 5.1 20 30 7.23 4.33
Contract: 1 year $540,000
Pro Football Focus: #42

Analysis:
A great season for Kerry. He led the Lions in Sacks, TFL and stops. Could be in line for a starting spot replacing the banished Devin Taylor.


Cornelius Washington 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
UFA 2017 Bears
NFL Career: 31 games 2 starts 30 tackles 3 sacks
College: Georgia 50 games 76 tackles 10.5 sacks 2 FR
Combine: 6040 255 4.55 3639 1008 7.47 4.74
Contract: 2 years $2.321 mil
PFF Rank: #54

Analysis:
Big strong player. A better scheme fit in the 4-3. Replaces Devin Taylor who ranked #108 by PFF. Needs a big year.




Armonty Bryant 5th year in the NFL 2nd in Detroit
Waivers 2016 Browns
Regular Season: 5 games 4 tackles 3 sacks
College: East Central 30 games 165 tackles 27.5 sacks 9 FF 3 FR 9 BLK
Combine: 6037 263 4.86 4.69 15 34.5 1001 7.14 4.43
Contract: 1 year $ 695,000

Analysis:
A guy with talent but has been in trouble. Twice suspended in 2016 and torn his ACL. May start the season on the PUP.



Anthony Zettel 2nd year in Detroit
6th round pick 2016
Regular Season: 13 games 13 tackles 1 sack
Playoffs 1 game
Preseason 7 tackles 2 sacks
College: Penn State 20 sacks 3 int
Combine: 6026 277 4.81 28 30 904 7.63 4.39
Contract: 3 years $570,930

Analysis:
Could surprise this season. Came back in great shape. Worked out at Exos in Los Angeles in the offseason. Probably the 4th end.



Brandon Copeland 4th year in the NFL 3rd in Detroit
FA 2105 Ravens
Regular Season: 32 games 1 start 30 tackles 0.5 sacks
Playoffs 1 game
Preseason: 7 tackles 1 int
College: Penn 39 games 160 tackles 11 sacks
Super Regional Combine: 6021 265 4.72 30 32.5 1002 7.29 4.49
Contract: 1 year $615,000

Analysis:
Played both end and Sam LB. A star special teams players probably will stick at the bottom of the roster.



Pat O'Connor Rookie 7th round pick
College: EMU 48 games 166 tackles 20 sacks 7 FF
Pro Day: 6056 277 5.01 17 31.5 906 7.34 4.56
Contract: 4 years $481,067

Analysis:
A big guy who plays really hard. Impressed at the Michigan pro day. Probably ends up on the practice squad.



Alex Barrett UDFA rookie
College: SDSU 51 games 6015 252 4.97 21 30 901 7.41 4.42
Pro day: 51 games 165 tackles 18 sacks 2 int 3 ff
Contract: 3 years $467,000

Analysis:
Small, Slow guy with great production. Long shot.



Jeremiah Valoaga UDFA rookie
College: UNLV 23 games 87 tackles 8,5 sacks 7 PD
Pro day: 6056 276 5.21 15 32 908 7.18 4.42
Contract: 3 years $469,000

Analysis:
A bit of a mystery. Kicked off the team at UNLV and injured during the spring.















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