10 defensive linemen that could interest Detroit Lions


Five defensive tackles Lions may be interested in:

1. Christian Barmore, Alabama

Statistics: 37 tackles and eight sacks with team leadership in 2020; 26 duels with six defeats in 2019 as a Redshirt newcomer.

How he might fit in with the Lions: High energy player with power and strength.

Statistics: Two-year-old player, 21 career games. 2019: 3 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss in 13 games. 2020: 13.5 tackles against defeat, 5.5 sacks in eight games. An interception resulted in 71 yards for a TD.

How He Might Fit the Lions: High-performing player with the ability to disrupt the insides.

Statistics: Four-year-old player, 33 games – 11.5 career tackles against a loss with 6.5 sacks. Missed most of 2017 with a back injury but stayed healthy for the past three seasons.

How He Could Fit The Lions: He played nose tackle and had his best season in 2020, which could be a sign of a player on the rise.

4. Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

Statistics: Three-year-old player, 39 games, 26 of 27 games in 2018-19. Opted out in 2020. 16 career tackles for losing with six sacks.

How It Might Fit The Lions: A nasal device with athleticism that could offer versatility.

5. Alim McNeill, North Carolina St.

Statistics: 30 career games, 17.5 tackles with 10 sacks. Career highs of 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks were in 2019.

How He Might Match The Lions: A two year old starter designed to play nose tackle when the Lions are looking for a center-back.


Dusty Kennedy