Detroit Lions Senior Bowl offensive line roster now set
As the rosters for the 2022 Senior Bowl continue to be filled out, the offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions’ American team roster have been set.
The 2022 Senior Bowl will take place on Feb. 5, with practice taking place during the week leading into the game. The Detroit Lions will coach the American team down in Mobile, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs for each roster have been unveiled in recent days.
On Monday morning, the offensive lines for each Senior Bowl roster were announced. Here’s the set of offensive lineman the Lions will have on the American squad.
Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA
Luke Fortner, OG, Kentucky
Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis
Chris Paul, OT, Tulsa
Jamaree Salyer, OT, Georgia
Justin Shaffer, OG, Georgia
Lecitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech
Lions could turn to the draft for offensive line depth
The Lions never had their five projected preseason starters together for a game during the 2021 season. Most notably, left tackle Taylor Decker started the season on IR after a hand injury just before Week 1 and center Frank Ragnow suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 4. All was not lost though. Evan Brown filled in capably for Ragnow, and Penei Sewell had a solid rookie season split almost equally between left and right tackle as he filled in for Decker early. Left guard Jonah Jackson was named a Pro Bowl alternate. Matt Nelson wound up starting nine games at right tackle, and was good enough that he didn’t stand out as inept most of the time.
The Lions could turn to the draft for some offensive line depth, particularly at guard. Versatility could be a tipping point for who they may consider drafting, likely in the middle rounds. Among the Senior Bowl prospects they’ll get a close look, most played multiple positions for more than a stray game or two during their college careers.