Detroit Lions: Most Overrated/Underrated Players

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Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison (40) is tackled by Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) during the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Most Underrated – Stephen Tulloch

Stephen Tulloch was grossly underrated on the field last year. His consistent play tended to be overshadowed by his counterpart DeAndre Levy’s breakout performance.

Tulloch was ranked as the 63rd best player going into the 2013 NFL season by NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list, but was left of this year.

There is no perfect science when asking current NFL players who the best players are in their sport, but it is a little confusing when you consider that Tulloch had an even better year last year than in 2012 in every facet of the game.

Tulloch had the fifth best run stop percentage last year among all inside linebackers, and was also the sixth most efficient tackler via Pro Football Focus, only missing one tackle per every 16 attempts.

PFF also gave Tulloch the second highest overall grade (+18.7) among all inside linebackers last year, with only NaVorro Bowman (+23.9) ahead of him.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel safe knowing that Stephen Tulloch will continue to quarterback the Lions defense for another three years.

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