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The storyline all offseason has been Ndamukong Suh and his contract-extension talks. Regardless of what happens over the next few months, it appears he'll still be anchoring the middle of the defensive line.
He'll be joined in the middle by Nick Fairley, whose fifth-year option was declined by the front office. Whether he earns a new contract will be entirely up to him, but don't be surprised if the Lions let him walk since he only seems to get motivated when there's money on the line.
Jason Jones will return at defensive end after having his season cut short in the third game. Of course, he'll be bookended by last year's first-rounder, Ziggy Ansah. If Ansah can take the coaching of defensive line gurus Jim Washburn and Kris Kocurek to heart, a nice bump in productivity could be coming for the former BYU stud who racked up nine sacks last year.
The reserve units will be led by veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley and defensive end Devin Taylor. The always-steady Mosley provides great depth, and Taylor flashed real potential last year with 15 quarterback hurries and two sacks in just 308 snaps.
Fifth-round pick Caraun Reid will fight with Andrew Fluellen for the fourth spot in the tackle rotation. Reid is an interesting prospect who can handle all facets of the game. He's stout enough to stuff the run but is at his best rushing the passer with a bevy of moves.
With Willie Young moving on to Chicago, the Lions drafted explosive rookie Larry Webster. Webster put up numbers similar to Jadeveon Clowney at the combine, but he will likely need some serious coaching before he's ready to contribute at this level. More than likely, free-agent signee Darryl Tapp will grab the fourth spot among the ends.
At the bottom of the pile are defensive tackles Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, Corvey Irvin and Vaughn Martin, and defensive ends George Johnson, Xavier Proctor and Kourtnei Brown.