The Detroit Lions are about to kick off another training camp, and, as usual, there is hope and high expectations all around. It will be happy-happy-fun time in Allen Park for the next few weeks, but make no mistake, the Lions have big questions to answer before the start of the regular season.
Training camp will determine which players the Lions' coaching staff think can help them the most. Position battles will be won, rookies will prove if they're NFL-ready, and veterans will get healthy.
Fans will find out which players will start and play significant roles every Sunday.
The Lions lost a number of veterans and replaced them with unproven players with a lot of potential. So it all comes down to this: Will the Lions be a better team this year than last?
For instance, if Jason Fox beats out Corey Hilliard for the right-tackle job, it doesn't mean he'll be an upgrade over Gosder Cherulis. It also doesn't mean the offensive line as a unit will be better than last year.
A lot will be clarified in camp and the regular season, but if we want to know how much they've improved, we have to know where they started. In other words, it's worth looking at the overall strength of every position going in to camp.
Here are grades for every Lions' position unit, pre-training camp edition.