QB: Look for Matthew Stafford to continue his development in year two. The kid has a big arm and look for his statistics to continue getting better as the season progresses. He’s got an upgraded offense around him this year, along with a better offensive line. This still isn’t the year to be reaching for Stafford though. You should be able to get him in the later rounds, so don’t reach.
RB: The rookie Jahvid Best will probably start to steal reps from Kevin Smith as the season progresses. I don’t see him putting up eye popping stats in his first year, especially since he will be splitting carries. Picking up Jahvid and having him in your back pocket as we get into the latter part of the season could prove to be a good move. Being that it is his rookie year, you can look for Best to try to assert himself in the National Football League and run with a purpose.
WR: If you’re selecting a wide receiver from the Lions, it has to be Nate Burleson. He’s got the speed, the size, and the hands. Just kidding, the guy I’m describing is obviously Calvin Johnson. With Stafford developing, and Calvin being the phenomenal athlete he is, look for him to have a crazy year. This guy should be stuffing the stat sheet and giving your team a huge boost.
TE: Brandon Pettigrew is your only viable option if you’re selecting a Lions tight end. He is still young, entering just his second year but I just don’t see him putting up huge numbers. He’s probably ranked anywhere from 23-25th on my tight end list. There are definitely better options out there, and I would go with someone else if possible.
Defense: The Lions defense shouldn’t be ranked too high on your list when it comes to defense. There defensive backs still scare me enough to the point that they can overshadow a decent defense otherwise.
Sleepers: A sleeper for the Lions is Nate Burleson. And no I’m not kidding this time. I watched Nate put up big numbers in Minnesota before taking off for Seattle. The guy can play, but it all depends if him and the big armed quarterback can get on the same page.
The Lions are a tricky team to dissect because you’re not sure what you’re going to get besides Calvin Johnson. Stafford could assert himself as a top 15 quarterback this year, but it all depends on how his second year development goes. The thing they do have going for them is that nobody is expecting much from them. This could go in their favor especially if teams start to look past them, because they certainly do have potential.