Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Defensive Tackle Report Card

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Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

When the Lions spent first-round picks on defensive tackles in both 2010 and 2011, they determined that was the position that would form the backbone of their defense.

They probably didn’t expect it would also bring the most drama, but there’s no grade for that.

It’s a popular refrain for Lions fans to claim the best defensive line (or at least the best DTs) in the NFL, but there is rarely any stat other than sacks to back that up, and the Lions haven’t been especially impressive in the sacks department, so what does that mean for their actual performance?

Also, Andre Fluellen is back again. How’s that going? We’re about to find out.

If you’ve been following this series, you know what’s below. Click links, see grades for other positions. Good times.

Tuesday, October 29 – Guards/Centers & Linebackers

Wednesday, October 30 – Offensive Tackles & Cornerbacks

Thursday, October 31 – Tight Ends & Safeties

Friday, November 1 Running Backs & Defensive Tackles

Saturday, November 2 Special Teams

Sunday, November 3 Coaches

Monday, November 4 Wide Receivers & Defensive Ends

Tuesday, November 5 Quarterbacks & Overall Grades