4. OG Logan Stenberg
Stenberg barely played in his first two seasons, after being a fourth-round pick in 2020. Then he started four games for the Lions last season, as injuries simply left them with few options at right guard. He did not play well, getting a 39.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus while committing three penalties and allowing two sacks over 228 snaps.
The Lions may take a guard in this draft, with an eye on the future at minimum. Ross Pierschbacher has versatility that should allow him to stick around, as does Darrin Paulo. So Stenberg, as much as anything, is lined up to be the odd-man out.
3. TE Shane Zylstra
Zylstra, and Lions’ fans, will always have his three-touchdown outburst against the Carolina Panthers last season. In his other career games combined, he has one touchdown (also last season) and nine catches for 68 yards.
The Lions seem to like Brock Wright. James Mitchell has potential coming off a somewhat truncated rookie season, after a torn ACL in his final college season. Derrick Deese Jr. could stick around for a bit longer, after being an interesting undrafted signing last year.
The Lions seem certain to take a tight end somewhere in this draft, so someone who’s already on the roster may have to give. If it’s Zysltra, don’t be shocked.