Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Willie Young's chance to shine
By Tom Carpenter
The Detroit Lions cut ties with Kyle Vanden Bosch Tuesday, as they began an overhaul of their defense this offseason. Since Nick Fairley made big strides during the 2012 campaign, they may well let Corey Williams walk away as a free agent, too.
ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert believes that may open the door for Willie Young to join the starting lineup in 2013:
Kevin SeifertLions commence defensive overhaul
"So who will start alongside Suh and Fairley in 2013? A promotion could be in store for Willie Young, a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 who didn't have a sack in 2012 but managed 19 quarterback hurries in a relatively low 259 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). That's a hurry rate of 7.4 percent. For context, consider that Avril's rate for 38 hurries in 821 snaps worked out to 4.6 percent. There is a big difference between being a situational pass-rusher, as Young as been for the past two seasons, and a starter. But even if the Lions focus on defensive end in the draft, they're not likely to find two new starters in the same draft at the same position. Young, a pending restricted free agent, should get every opportunity to fill one of those roles."