By: Will Burchfield
Despite qualifying for the playoffs in 2016 and making some notable additions in the offseason, the Lions will enter the 2017 campaign with a dearth of top-level talent.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department Holds Graduation Ceremony For Recruit Class 2021-G
According to Pro Football Focus, not a single player on Detroit’s roster ranks within the top 50 in the NFL.
The Lions were one of just seven teams to be shut out of PFF’s top-50 players list. The others: the Jets, the Bills, the Vikings, the Bears, the 49ers and the Titans. Those six teams went a combined 34-62 in 2016.READ MORE: Here's A Look At Weekend Construction Happening In Metro Detroit
The Cowboys led the way with five featured players, including three offensive linemen.
Just last week, Matthew Stafford was voted the No. 31 player in the league in a player vote conducted by NFL Network.
“He’s just really coming into his own and could be in that class of the top-five (quarterbacks) not too long from now,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who was a notable omission from PFF’s top-50 ranking.
Five quarterbacks cracked PFF’s list, including Aaron Rogers at No. 5 overall.
The Lions went 9-7 in 2016, led in large part by Matthew Stafford’s NFL-record eight fourth-quarter comebacks.MORE NEWS: FDA Approves Longer Shelf Life For J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
They signed two highly-regarded offensive lineman over the winter in tackle Rick Wagner and guard T.J. Lang.