Defensive linemen, both end-edge rushers and tackles, have crept up as primary needs to many fans and draftniks, alike. Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, Da’Shawn Hand, and Romeo Okwara looked like a formidable unit at this time last year. Mike Daniels signed prior to the regular season and this looked like a beastly group for opposing lines to battle.
Injuries, pending free agency, and Harrison’s possible retirement all weigh heavy on a roster expected to play meaningful games in December. There are some young players there but most are unproven and have expiring contracts by next year.
Name to know
Neville Gallimore, defensive tackle, Oklahoma, 6-2, 302, 4.86
Gallimore is an inside rusher and plays mostly a one-technique, the gap between the center and guard, and is a disruptive player where the Lions are thin. He is an athlete who can get after the quarterback from the interior. Gallimore is believed to be a late third-round prospect but has improved his stock with a solid 2019 where he trimmed down and improved as a technician at tackle.