Biggest Question Mark: DeAndre Levy
The Lions entire offseason focused on upgrading the defensive line and they now have – at least on paper – one of the best in the game. But that will only go so far to improve their defense unless the linebackers step up as well. DeAndre Levy returns as the projected starter on the inside and will be under a lot of pressure to perform in his second year in the league. His growth will be key to the Lions defensive improvement in 210.
Position Battle to Watch: Running Back
There will be plenty of carries for both Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best, but who will see the bulk of the action? Smith has been a mediocre starter for two seasons and the rookie, Best, will be right on his heels trying to take away the starting role.
Impact Rookie: Ndamukong Suh
The No. 2 pick in the draft will be expected to transform the Lions defensive line from day one. Fortunately for Suh, he’ll have plenty of help. The acquisitions of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams will deflect some of the attention off Suh, allowing him to have an instant impact.