4 underrated Detroit Lions players who could make a massive impact next season

As the Detroit Lions look to take the final step to a Super Bowl next season, these underrated players could make a big impact.
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1. CB Amik Robertson

The Lions added two cornerbacks in the first few days of free agency, and it's fair to say the signing of Robertson inspired a little bit of "who's that?"

Robertson became a starter for the Raiders over the last two seasons, in line with a coaching staff change in Las Vegas. Last season, according to Pro Football Focus, Robertson allowed 40 catches on 64 targets for 445 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions and an 85.7 passer rating allowed (406 coverage snaps).

At 5-foot-8, Robertson is too easy to pigeonhole as a slot corner. But he plays bigger, he's actually better-suited to playing outside. He spent most of his time playing outside corner over his last two seasons with the Raiders.

A look at Robertson's Twitter feed shows he does not lack for confidence. Speaking to reporters after his signing was official, he made it more outwardly clear what he'll bring to the Lions' secondary.

"That's what's got me here and that's what's keeping me here in this league," Robertson said of the swagger he plays with on the field. "You know 5-8 coming from Louisiana Tech. Come on, man, it's not easy. But being a confident guy and playing with that swagger and playing with that energy that's what got me here. That can be contagious."

As of right now, Robertson is the projected starter opposite fellow new acquisition Carlton Davis. Emmanuel Moseley is his current competition for that spot, coming of a torn ACL in back-to-back seasons. A rookie feels likely to be added in the draft, especially after the recent release of Cameron Sutton.

However the Lions' cornerback depth chart ultimately looks, Robertson is in line to counted on for a big role next season. If he can be productive and add a dose of swagger to the secondary, he will be all-around very impactful.


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