Since Willie Young has departed, the Lions remaining starter from last season is Ziggy Ansah. Ansah put together an excellent rookie campaign and showed steady improvement throughout the year and should be a staple of the Lions defense for years to come.
It’s the other side that leaves the Lions with question marks. Detroit does have one of last year’s free agent prizes, Jason Jones, on the team still and he should be available to start on the line, but who knows what the Lions will get out of him after basically having a year off. They also picked up free agent Darryl Tapp, but he shouldn’t be expected to start. Tapp provides depth and a solid special teams player.
Martin Mayhew could consider drafting a defensive end with the 10th overall pick, or even the second round. With that in mind, here’s a list compiled by the cover32 staff here of the top 10 defensive ends available in the 2014 draft.
Top 10 defensive ends in 2014 draft: