Detroit Lions: Predicting the 2011 Week 1 Depth Chart (Offense)

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Detroit Lions: Predicting the 2011 Week 1 Depth Chart (Offense)
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As the 2011 NFL Draft approaches and excitement builds, there are lots of teams still with lots of questions.

Chief among these is, of course, "will there be a 2011 season?"

But that kind of thing doesn't make for very pleasant reading. And besides, I (along with most Lions fans) have a very difficult time processing that as a possibility.

The idea that I might not get to watch the best Lions team in a decade, and their first Monday Night Football appearance in a decade is one I choose to ignore.

Instead, I will operate under the assumption that the 2011 season is happening, with free agency and everything.

Because frankly, that's the only way to make a roster projection work.

Also, this is not a pseudo-mock draft. Since the draft's first round is a week from today, I will have to take into account new players acquired in the draft. I will project these as far as position, but not player.

Same goes for free agency. It's crazy talk to assume who the Lions are going to target when free agency finally does happen. But it's not hard to see where there are some needs that need filling, so I will leave space for free-agent pickups on the starting roster.

With those ground rules in place, let's start with the most obvious position.

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