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Progress picks for Lions, Bucs

Which team has more needs, the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Updated: December 21, 2010, 2:45 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoyIcon SMISuh is ahead of McCoy so far on the field, and the Lions aren't far behind Tampa, despite the records.

This past April, the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent two of the top three picks in the NFL draft on a pair of defensive tackles. Eight months later, Ndamukong Suh's Lions defeated Gerald McCoy's Bucs 23-20 in overtime on Sunday, realistically ensuring that Tampa Bay, like Detroit, will be watching the playoffs at home. Which team came away with the better player on draft day? And as both teams prepare for the offseason, what are their biggest needs heading into the 2011 season?

At Football Outsiders, we use a few different metrics to compare defensive players. One of these is called defeats, which is any play that results in a loss of yardage, a turnover and/or a stop on third or fourth down. We also can separate these into rushing and passing plays. Here's a look at the rookie seasons of every defensive tackle drafted in the first round in the past five years: