3 Detroit Lions land on PFF’s Midseason All-Pro Team

Jack Fox, Detroit Lions - Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports
Jack Fox, Detroit Lions - Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Lions could have as many as three All-Pros on their roster

Last season, not a single member of the Detroit Lions was named to the NFL All-Pro Team. And that may not be very surprising considering the Lions finished last season with a record of 3-12-1, earning themselves the third overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

And while that high draft pick did allow the Motor City to land a possible future All-Pro in Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, the 21-year old defender still has some work to do in order to earn that honor. In fact, the Lions haven’t had a player named to either the first or second All-Pro Teams since 2015, and that was former defensive end, Ezekiel Ansah.

But despite winning only three of their first eight games so far this season, once again finding themselves in the basement of the NFC North, the Lions could potentially have as many as three players named All-Pros this year. That’s if one analytic website’s midseason rankings stay true through the second half of the season.

The only Lions’ player to be selected by Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus to their 2020 Midseason NFL All-Pro First Team was punter Jack Fox. Here’s Monson’s explanation of Fox’s selection …

"“The gap between Fox and the rest of the NFL field has closed over the past month, but he remains the only punter in the league with a PFF grade above 90.0 thanks to the combination of hang time, direction and distance on his punts.”"

Fox currently leads all NFL punters in gross average punt yards (52.8) and net average punt yards (47.7). He’s also third in the league with five touchbacks.

Detroit Lions had two players make PFF’s Midseason All-Pro Second Team

Two other Lions’ players were selected to PFF’s All-Pro Second Team at the midway point of the season. Those players being center Frank Ragnow and safety Duron Harmon.

Frederick was the Lions’ first-round selection out of Arkansas back in 2018. During his rookie season, he played at guard for Detroit. But last season, Frederick switch back to center, the position he played best in college, and began to shine.

Arguably, Detroit’s top player over the past two seasons, the talented offensive lineman could be voted into his first Pro Bowl this year. PFF credits Ragnow with one penalty and no sacks allowed in 539 snaps so far this year.

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Duron Harmon was acquired by the Detroit Lions in a trade with the New England Patriots this offseason. Although the 29-year old veteran safety is a three-time Super Bowl champion, he has never been selected to the Pro Bowl or nominated as an All-Pro. As an eight-game starter this season in the Motor City, Harmon has recorded 32 tackles, four pass deflections, and two interceptions.