Cornerback: The Lions have tendered Chris Houston, but there is still a chance he could be lost to free agency once the new collective bargaining agreement is in place. On the other side are promising but unproven players like Alphonso Smith and Prince Miller.
Offensive line: This unit is expected to return intact next season, but that line includes 34-year-old LT Jeff Backus entering the final year of his contract and RT Gosder Cherilus coming off micro-fracture knee surgery.
Running back: The Lions released Kevin Smith, leaving them with second-year Jahvid Best and veteran Maurice Morris. They have for years now lacked a true power back.
DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYERS WITH PRIVATE WORKOUT OR VISIT
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
DE Cam Jordan, California
LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina
WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
DE Greg Romeus, Pitt
G-C Mike Pouncey, Florida
RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
OT David Mims, Virginia Union
DE-LB Chris Carter, Fresno State
LB Doug Hogue, Syracuse
OG Will Rackley, Lehigh
–CB Nathan Vasher: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
–S Erik Coleman: FA Falcons; terms unknown.
–CB Eric King (released).
–LB Julian Peterson (released/failed physical).
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