Detroit Lions: Positional Rankings & Grades for Top Players

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws during an NFL football practice in Allen Park, Mich., Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Sep 02, 2022, 7:26 PM
  • The Lions are starting to build their team in smart ways.
  • The Lions’ Super Bowl odds are +12500.

With key additions through the draft, the Lions are starting to build a roster that may be ready to win soon.

Here’s a position-by-position look at the Lions, whose NFL odds to win the Super Bowl are +12500.

Quarterback Rankings: Jared Goff

Jared Goff is ranked No. 22 out of the 32 starting NFL QBs for the 2022 season, with an overall grade of 66/100.

After being sent to Detroit in the Rams’ trade for Matthew Stafford, Goff showed how much LA’s offensive system set him up for success.

He was 20th by DYAR and DVOA and was graded 28th by PFF in 2021. Granted, he had very little talent around him, and he still showed glimpses of why he was drafted first overall.

With another year in Detroit and the Lions picking up former Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams in the draft, Goff’s career may recover.

Running Back Rankings: D’Andre Swift

The Lions’ running back group featuring D’Andre Swift is ranked No. 28 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 51/100.

Swift has yet to realize his potential after he was drafted in the second round of the 2020 draft. A year ago, he was outside of the top 45 in DVOA and DYAR. He led the Lions with 617 yards and five touchdowns on 151 attempts, while Jamaal Williams was close behind with 601 yards and three touchdowns.

Wide Receiver and Tight End Rankings:  Jameson Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown and TJ Hockenson

The Lions’ wide receiver and tight end group featuring Jameson Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown and TJ Hockenson is ranked No. 16 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 76/100.

The Lions have a great amount of potential out wide. For example, Detroit drafted Williams, a possible future NFL star once he recovers from an injury he suffered in college, 12th overall.

St. Brown was explosive as a rookie for the Lions. He totaled 912 yards and five touchdowns on 90 receptions in 2021. DJ Chark was brought in this offseason, and while he played just four games in 2021, the former second-round pick may be in a better situation offensively than he ever was in Jacksonville.

Hockenson is the Lions’ starting tight end. A year ago, he was 11th in DYAR and 18th in DVOA while catching 61 passes for 583 yards and four touchdowns.

Offensive Line Rankings

The Lions’ offensive line is ranked No. 10 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 83/100.

The Lions have made drastic steps in this department in recent years. They were 21st in adjusted line yards and 12th in adjusted sack rate last year, but their unit should continue to coalesce in 2022.

Taylor Decker was sixth in PFF’s pass-blocking grades for tackles, and they expect Penei Sewell, the seventh overall pick last year, to continue to develop at right tackle.

Defensive Line and Linebacker Rankings

The Lions’ front seven is ranked No. 27 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 47/100.

Detroit’s adjusted line yards was 30th, and its adjusted sack rate was even worse in 31st. Its pass rush was graded 28th by PFF, and its run defense was last.

That’s why drafting Aidan Hutchinson, a star defensive end out of Michigan, second overall was so important. 

Secondary Rankings

The Lions’ secondary is ranked No. 32 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 36/100.

The Lions were 27th in pass DVOA a season ago. They did little to address the issue.

No Detroit safety or cornerback was higher than 43rd in PFF’s grades. Jeff Okudah, a top-three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is projected to be a starter.

Detroit Lions Average Positional Score: 55.3

Super Bowl Odds

TeamOpening OddsWeek 3Current Odds (9/27)Ticket%Handle%
Bills+750+400+45014.3%22.5%
Chiefs75065080011.1%13.1%
Chargers2500160020007.1%6.5%
Broncos1600220020006.9%6.2%
Buccaneers250070010006.4%6.2%
Packers1600120010005.6%5.3%
Rams1100160014004.6%3.8%
Eagles400011008504.2%4.0%
Bengals1200300025003.5%4.3%
Ravens2000180014003.2%2.5%
Raiders50006600100003.0%3.1%
Colts2500400030003.0%2.7%
49ers1600200020002.9%2.7%
Vikings4000250025002.6%2.7%
Dolphins5000220016002.4%2.0%
Lions1500010000100002.2%1.3%
Cowboys1200500033002.0%1.5%
Cardinals2000500066001.8%1.5%
Saints4000400066001.6%1.5%
Titans2200660050001.6%0.9%
Steelers400010000150001.5%1.1%
Browns3000660040001.1%0.8%
Giants66006600100001.0%0.6%
Patriots22006600100001.0%0.6%
Jets1500020000300000.8%0.5%
Bears660020000200000.7%0.4%
Seahawks400040000500000.7%0.4%
Texans1500040000750000.7%0.2%
Panthers500030000150000.6%0.3%
Jaguars100001000050000.6%0.3%
Commanders500010000150000.5%0.3%
Falcons500050000300000.5%0.2%

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.