3. DE Romeo Okwara
It had been easily assumed a healthy Okwara would be lined up for a prominent role in the Lions' edger rusher mix. But Charles Harris has been early headliner at camp, with an expansion of his duties in the SAM linebacker role. And it’s fair to say James Houston (with some early kinks in coverage that can be expected) will be given every chance to diversify his role from being a pure situational pass rusher like he was as a rookie.
Okwara is simply being outdone right now.
Pride of Detroit's Erik Schlitt noticed the edge rusher pecking order during the early days of camp, in tabbing the elder Okwara an early "faller."
"As the Lions have started shuffling their EDGE roles, the Okwara brothers have found themselves on the outside of many decisions. When the Lions shift to 5-man fronts, Romeo is backing up Hutchinson on the outside, but when they shift to four-man fronts, Romeo drops to the third team."- Erik Schitt, Pride of Detroit
Julian Okwara was also named as an early training camp faller by Schlitt. But he's on the wrong side of the roster bubble until shown otherwise, so Romeo Okwara is the clear choice here.