SLR Detroit Lions Player Of The Year Tournament Second Round: Justin Durant vs. Eric Wright

Nov 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets sacked by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Justin Durant (52) during the fourth quarter of the Thanksgiving game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is underway! Take a look at the bracket.

We’re moving back to the defensive side of the bracket today. Who will move on to the Sweet 16?

(4 seed) Justin Durant vs. (5 seed) Eric Wright

Justin Durant arrived in Detroit with less fanfare than position-mate Stephen Tulloch but was an important part of the Lions defense nonetheless. He finished as the team’s fifth leading tackler despite missing three games. Durant also forced a fumble, recovered two others and was credited with a sack.

The Detroit Lions chose not to pursue the big name free agent cornerbacks like Nnamdi Asomugha and Johnathan Joseph last offseason in favor of moves that weren’t top headline material. One of those moves was signing Eric Wright as a free agent. He had fallen out of favor in Cleveland but came to Detroit and matched his career high in interceptions with four and set a new career high for passes defended and tackles, only Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy had more tackles for the Lions this season.

Who should advance to the third round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?

  • Justin Durant (76%, 34 Votes)
  • Eric Wright (24%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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Topics: Detroit Lions, Eric Wright, Justin Durant

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  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    Durant was much better than Wright, and he is far better as a player overall. While he is a huge liability in coverage, he is just so devastating on run defense and sheds blocks at will. He is arguably the best linebacker against the run in the NFL. Wright is also one of the better run-stoppers at his position, but the main job of a cornerback is to limit the number of catches made by the opposition. Unfortunately, Wright needs to work on this.