Detroit Lions Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position

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Detroit Lions Team Roster: Report Card Grades for Every Position
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The start of the NFL season coincides with back to school season for most kids. As a former teacher, this was an overwhelming time; feelings of excitement, intensity and renewal filled the air around Labor Day.

One of the things I quickly learned as a teacher is that you can often tell pretty quickly what sort of grades most students are going to earn as the school year progresses. Sure, some kids will overachieve and pleasantly surprise. I always liked to credit that to great teaching, but that's only part of it.

Other kids will fall short of projected grades for a variety of reasons. It might be problems at home, or failure to click with the teacher or a lack of effort. 

I've found the same is very true for football teams. In looking at a roster as the season begins, it's easy to tell where the strong points are as well as what positions are likely to fail. 

In that spirit, here are the preseason grades for each and every position for the 2013 Detroit Lions.

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