Players In Camp- Tyrell Crosby, Taylor Decker, Andrew Donnal, Rick Wagner, Ryan Pope
This position really won’t be that hard to figure out. Wagner and Decker are the set in stone starters and Crosby is a very nice depth piece that is a swing tackle and could possibly see some time on the inside of the offensive line as well, and that kind of versatility is going nowhere.
That leaves the final spot to be fought between Donnal and Pope. The Lions paid Pope a lot of money for an undrafted free agent, but despite his size and athleticism, his film is terrible. Pope would probably be better off spending a year on the practice squad but it’s not guaranteed he would last long there which could force the Lions to move him onto the active roster sooner they they want too.
Donnal was alright last year, but unspectacular. He could make the team however until the Lions are forced to bring up Pope or until Pope is ready to face NFL talent.
Makes The Roster (4)- Taylor Decker, Rick Wagner, Tyrell Crosby, Andrew Donnal
Interior Offensive Line:
Players In Camp- Oday Aboushi, Joe Dahl, Graham Glasgow, Leo Koloamatangi, Kenny Wiggins, Frank Ragnow, Micah St. Andrew, Beau Benzschawel, Alex Bookser
Much like with the offensive tackles, there are two players locked into a starting role along the offensive line, and those two are Ragnow and Glasgow at left guard and center, respectively. That leaves one starting spot open and all depth spots open.
The main competitors for the right guard spot will be Aboushi and Wiggins, who have both been starters at some point in their careers. If you’re looking for a dark horse candidate to possibly start you should keep watch on undrafted free agent Benzschawel, whom many thought was easily worth a day three draft pick. However, to open the season, I’m expecting Aboushi to be the starter at right guard.