Predicting Starters at Every Position for Detroit Lions in 2012

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Predicting Starters at Every Position for Detroit Lions in 2012
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The Detroit Lions are, for once, succeeding in their rebuilding effort.

How do I know? A good sign of a stable, talented team is when it's easy to predict starters from one year to the next.

Three years ago, head coach Jim Schwartz took the Lions into training camp with the notion that every job on the roster was up for grabs. Not just the starters, all the jobs. Even Matthew Stafford was battling Daunte Culpepper for the starting quarterback job.

The Lions of then were coming off an 0-16 season. The Lions of today are coming off a playoff year. Schwartz hasn't committed to much regarding how he runs his team in the last three years, but he has committed to Stafford at quarterback (even through the injuries), and he knows who on his team he wants to play.

So even with the draft and free agency coming up soon, I don't expect the starting lineup to differ terribly from last year. But where will it differ, and how? Will those new roles be filled by a free agent or draft pick?

You know the drill, move on to find out.

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