C.J. Mosley is expected to become a member of the Detroit Lions according to a report. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Expected to Sign DT C.J. Mosley

The Detroit Lions lost Sammie Hill to free agency and Corey Williams to an expiring contract leaving them thin at defensive tackle behind Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

While bringing back Williams was an option, and perhaps remains an option, the Lions have added to their defensive tackle depth with C.J. Mosley, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Based on the advanced stats from Pro Football Focus for the 2012 season, Mosley is actually an upgrade over Hill and Williams. Mosley finished with an overall rating of +9.2, the 15th highest rating of all defensive tackles and nose tackles. He rated out as slightly negative (-1.3) rushing the passer last year but was a +7.1 against the run.

Mosley figures to be the first man off the bench in the Lions’ defensive tackle rotation. They could look to add another rotational player in free agency or take more of a developmental player in the draft.

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