Waived...What's Next?

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2009

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Running back Aveion Cason #36 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field on August 28, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Lions defeated the Colts 18-17. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

NFL rosters have been cut down to 53 players. As the Detroit Lions attempt to put a forgettable 2008 behind them with

their first win since 2007, the waiver wire is a place the Lions need to look carefully at. Until noon Sunday the Lions can have any player on the waiver wire by virtue of their 0-16 record last year.

There are several area's on the team which still need to be improved, despite the best efforts of coach Schwartz and GM Martin Meyhew.

The Defensive line and the secondary are the two which look the weakest to me. There have been several players waived who may be fits in Detroit, and the Lions would be wise to look into these players.

I am focusing on four defensive and two offensive players. I did not include former Giants WR David Tyree because I don't think the Lions will go after a WR on the wire.

Terrance Taylor - DT, Taylor was a 4th round draft pick that wasn't able to crack the roster in Indianapolis. Taylor would provide a big body (6'-0" and 319lbs.) and graded out pretty well coming out of UM.

Terdell Sands - DT, Sands is a BIG tackle, 6'7" 335lbs. He is not an every down players, but the Lions have a couple of players who will probably be better in a rotation, so Sands could provide a rest for Grady Jackson, or the other young DT's on the Lions roster.

Bernard Pollard - S, Pollard is a four year pro who put up solid numbers as a starter for the Chiefs last season. He could fight for the starting job opposite of rookie Louis Delmas giving the Lions a veteran safety. The Lions secondary has been exposed several times during the preseason. Also, tackling seems to be an issue for the defense, Pollard grades out as an average to good starter, who tackles well and provides high energy.

Anthony Smith - S, Smith was signed as a free agent for Pittsburgh by the Packers. Smith played decently in the preseason, but didn't make the Packers roster. He could provide depth for a Lions secondary which is still looking for play makers.

Kynan Forney - OG, Forney is a vet who has started a lot of games at guard. The Lions offensive line is still a work in progress, and adding a skilled veteran could help solidify the line. Forney was in the running to start for the Chargers, but lost out and was cut.

Kirk Chambers - OT, Chambers has been a career back up, and the Lions could use some depth along their offensive line. It would be worth taking a look, to see if Chambers would be an upgrade over the current backups on the O-line.