Saturday, June 24, 2017

Detroit Lions Training Camp Preview Offensive Tackles

A spot that seemed to be a strength going in has become a nightmare. The injury and surgery to Taylor Decker has put the franchise into a tailspin. The Lions have brought in a number of players to try replace Decker.

2016 STATS
Taylor Decker16164.56
Rick Wagner^15142.03
Greg Robinson#14147.011
Cyrus Kouandjio+1251.01
Corey Robinson1431.01
Cornelius Lucas501.00
Tony Hills=1100.53
Storm Norton*13131.0N/A

2016 Penalties
Decker 8
Reiff 5

Cornelius Lucas
Corey Robinson

Key additions:
Greg Robinson Trade Rams
Cyrus Kouandjio UFA Bills
Rick Wagner UFA Ravens

Taylor Decker
Riley Reiff

Oline rank by Football Outsiders
Run # 31
Pass # 18

Taylor Decker 2nd year in Detroit
1st round pick in 2016
Regular Season: 16 starts
Post season 1 start
College: Ohio State 54 games 42 starts
Combine: 6070 315 5.16 22 29 805 7.7 4.76 Arms 33 3/4
Contract: 3 years $2.492 mil
Pro Football Focus Rank: #23

Likely to miss the season with a torn labrum. A devastating blow to Lions. Decker was supposed to lock down the left side.

Rick Wagner 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
UFA 2017 Ravens
NFL Career: 62 games 47 starts
College: Wisconsin 52 games 37 starts
Combine: 6060 308 5.17 4.91 20 31.5 804 7.94 4.91
Contract: 5 years $5.9 mil
PFF Ranks: #18

Signed with the largest contract in the history of the NFL for a right tackle. Replaces Reiff who ranked #48 in PFF last season. Should be an upgrade.

Cornelius Lucas 4th year in Detroit
UDFA 2014
Regular Season: 35 games 6 starts
Playoffs: 2 starts
College: Kansas State 38 games 26 starts
Contract: 1 year $1.797 mil

Veteran tackle who has not nailed down a spot. A natural left tackle. He will see action there this season.

Corey Robinson 3rd year in Detroit
7th round pick 2015
Regular Season: 15 games 3 starts
College: 38 games 35 starts
Pro Day: 6065 324 5.34 28 31 900 8.4 4.81 arms 35 5/8
Contract: 2 years $629,477

A talented player who has played well when called on. Problem is injuries. Missed the off-season with surgery on his foot. Probably starts the season on the PUP.

Greg Robinson 4th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
Trade Rams 2017
NFL Career: 46 games 42 starts
College: Auburn 26 starts
Combine: 6050 332 4.86 32 28.5 905 7.8 4.92
Contract:1 year $3.322 mil guaranteed
PFF Rank: #71

After the Decker injury, Lions traded a 6th round pick for Rams bust Robinson. He struggled in the NFL but has talent. Bleacher Report columnist Geoff Schwartz said the Robinson will be a perfect fit for the Lions and help them in the future. Coming off an injury may start the season the PUP.

Cyrus Koundjio 4th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
Free Agent 2017 Bills
NFL Career 25 games 7 starts
College: Alabama 26 starts
Combine: 6066 322 5.59 21 27.5 800 7.71 4.84
Contract: 1 year $765,000

Another talented player with a bust history. Injured in the off season Will contend for a roster spot.

Tony Hills 9th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Saints (11 teams)
NFL Career: 32 games 1 start
College: 42 games
Combine: 6051 309 24 reps
Contract: 1 year $695,000

Total stop gap. Hopefully won't make the team.

Storm Norton UDFA 2017
College: Toledo
Pro Day: 6075 308 5.12 12 28.5 810 7.4 4.63
Contract: 3 years $465,000


Big guy. Needs strength. Probably a right tackle. Practice Squad.

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