|Offense||21st||81.9 (30th)||256.9 (11th)|
|Defense||18th||106.3 (18th)||248.4 (19th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||5||Brigham Young|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-10||188||4/30/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|44||Bell, Joique (FA)||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||7||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon State|
|80||Boldin, Anquan (FA)||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||15||Florida State|
|47||Bostic, Jon (FA)||LB||6-1||245||5/5/1991||5||Florida|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||DE||6-4||265||5/20/1990||5||East Central (OK)|
|31||Bush, Rafael (FA)||SS||5-11||203||5/12/1987||7||South Carolina State|
|57||Bynes, Josh (FA)||OLB||6-1||235||8/24/1989||6||Auburn|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||9||Norfolk State|
|Chubb, Brandon||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||1||Wake Forest|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||2||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||2||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||4||North Carolina|
|84||Harbor, Clay (FA)||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||8||Missouri State|
|Hill, Jordan||DT||6-1||290||2/8/1991||5||Penn State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||2||Texas Tech|
|30||Jackson, Asa (FA)||DB||5-10||183||12/2/1989||4||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|James, Mike||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||2||Southern Utah|
|Lang, T.J.||G||6-4||318||9/20/1987||9||Eastern Michigan|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||4||Utah State|
|Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||3||Bowie State|
|54||Levy, DeAndre (FA)||OLB||6-2||234||3/26/1987||9||Wisconsin|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||330||7/18/1991||4||Kansas State|
|Martin, Keshawn||WR||5-11||195||3/15/1990||5||Michigan State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||5||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||14||Texas A&M|
|Mulligan, Matthew (FA)||TE||6-4||267||1/18/1985||8||Maine|
|8||Orlovsky, Dan (FA)||QB||6-5||215||8/18/1983||12||Connecticut|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||201||8/10/1984||11||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||9||New Mexico|
|73||Reynolds, Garrett||T||6-7||305||7/1/1987||8||North Carolina|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||3||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||5||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||8||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin (FA)||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||5||South Carolina|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|93||Walker, Tyrunn (FA)||DT||6-3||310||3/18/1990||6||Tulsa|
|Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||1||Fresno State|
|40||Wells, Ian||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||2||Ohio U.|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||2||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||OLB||6-3||240||5/26/1993||2||Georgia Southern|
|83||Wright, Timothy (FA)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||5||Rutgers|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||3||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||270||8/9/1992||2||Penn State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Mulligan's catch resulted in a failed fourth-down conversion attempt and perfectly encapsulates the disappointing performance of Detroit's entire receiving corps. Signed in November after failing to survive final cuts out of training camp, Mulligan finished the regular season with just one catch for eight yards across eight games. As he's almost exclusively deployed as an in-line blocking tight end, Mulligan is highly unlikely to attain fantasy relevance all of a sudden in 2017.
Jackson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Packers and will now miss the Lions' playoff run. In four games with the team, the cornerback recorded seven tackles and one pass deflection. The Lions' promoted Adairius Barnes from the practice squad to replace Jackson on the depth chart.
Bostic was placed on injured reserve after going down with a fractured left foot in training camp. However, his increased activity Wednesday suggests Detroit may have made a decision regarding which one player they want to activate from IR. Such a notion would mean RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is completely done for the season.
Lee spent the first eight weeks of the 2016 season in Detroit after spending the summer in Chicago and logged over 100 snaps, primarily in a blocking role. He's set to square off with Matthew Mulligan and Khari Lee for depth chart slotting behind Eric Ebron and Clay Harbor.
Zenner was on the field for 50 of the Lions' 52 offensive snaps Saturday and once again served as the Lions' clear lead tailback in the absence of Theo Riddick (wrist). He flashed in the pass-catching department, too, which came especially handy on a day most of Detroit's pass-catchers struggled. However, with both Riddick and Ameer Abdullah (foot) set to return in 2017, Zenner enters the offseason with little opportunity to seize anything more than No. 3 status on the depth chart.
Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.
Boldin has already committed to a 15th NFL season, but the waiting game will likely extend well into summer, as he didn't land in Detroit last year until the cusp of training camp. Depending on how the Lions proceed through the remnants of free agency and April's draft, they may enter the offseason program with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones entrenched at the top of the depth chart, with sparse experienced WR options behind the duo. If so, another season with the NFC North runners up could be in the offing. As a slot man and key red-zone option for Matthew Stafford in 2016, Boldin reeled in 67 of 95 passes for 584 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.
With Theo Riddick (wrist) landing on injured reserve Saturday, Billingsley will be on the Lions' 53-man roster for Sunday's season finale against the Packers. The rookie out of Eastern Washington will add depth to the Lions' receiving corps, but it's unlikely that he'd see more than a few snaps Sunday if he is active.
With Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee - ACL) still out of commission, only a trio of Harbor, Khari Lee and Cole Wick remained to make up the Lions' tight end corps Sunday. Out of those three, Harbor was the only one to see any attention at all in the passing game, and that's now been the case for two consecutive weeks. The Missouri State product hasn't been able to carve out a significant target share amongst all Lions pass catchers, though, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin have operated as QB Matthew Stafford's go-to options downfield. Such a trend is unlikely to change anytime soon, and with both Ebron and Pettigrew each nearing a return, Harbor's receiving totals only stand to decrease in the coming weeks.
The Packers plucked Abbrederis out of the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the Wisconsin product only tallied 10 receptions across three seasons before parting ways with the team last October by means of an injury settlement. However, with both Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts set to hit free agency in the offseason, Detroit could represent a viable landing spot for Abbrederis to make greater on-field contributions, should he ultimately crack the final roster in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line who, at the very least, will be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.
Stafford dislocated his right middle finger (on his throwing hand) in Week 14 against the Bears. While he finished out the regular season and also suited up for the Lions' lone playoff game in Seattle, Stafford was unable to attend the Pro Bowl because he opted for rest over surgery as means to recover. However, it isn't clear how much rest his finger may require, nor if his treatment plan will delay the start of his offseason preparation.
Since going undrafted out of Lehigh in 2013, Spadola had bounced around the league before joining the Lions' practice squad in 2015. He then signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. His future with the team beyond the 2016 campaign is uncertain.
The 33-year-old Dan Orlovsky acted as the Lions' backup quarterback in each of the past three seasons, but over the weekend he was informed the team will let his contract expire this offseason and promote Rudock to the No. 2 role. Here, Detroit is essentially swapping veteran experience for the youth and upside Rudock brings to the table. However, since starter Matthew Stafford hasn't missed a game in six years, Rudock is highly unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in 2017.
Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014, and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.
James spent the previous three seasons on and off the Bucs' active roster, finishing his time in Tampa Bay with 83 rushes for 351 yards. He now joins a stable of competent runners in Detroit and will likely have trouble making the team.
Thronton was set to be a restricted free agent, but the Lions opted to re-sign him prior to free agency commencing. The defensive tackle recorded 13 tackles, a sack, and a fumble in 13 games during the 2016 season. He projects to provide depth at on the line heading into 2017.
Washington, formerly of the Bears, will provide the Lions with depth at defensive end. While he's had immense trouble staying healthy throughout his professional career, the Georgia product has flashed as a pass rusher when healthy.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
As has been the norm most of the season, Whitehead again notched double-digit tackle numbers en route to what wound up as the overall game high. While the fifth-year linebacker will subsequently finish the 2016 campaign with a team-high 132 such tackles, he pathetically graded out as the NFL's second-worst linebacker, per Pro Football Focus via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. As linebacker remains an area of concern for Detroit -- especially with DeAndre Levy's (knee) long-term health in question -- don't be surprised if the team brings in competition for Whitehead's starting spot during the offseason.
Robinson tied for third on the team in tackles behind team-leader MLB Tahir Whitehead (13) and All-Pro DE Ziggy Ansah (9). While he concluded his rookie season as Detroit's second-leading tackler amongst defensive linemen, Robinson also graded out as the Lions' overall best down lineman according to Pro Football Focus, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. With DT Tyrunn Walker set to hit free agency in the offseason, a starting role could be up for the taking in 2017, and Robinson appears ready for the opportunity.
Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.
Butler, who was released by the Lions after the preseason, appeared in eight games with the team last season. He'll add depth to the defensive backfield for the Week 17 matchup with the Packers along with a possible playoff run, but don't expect him to see many snaps. Defensive tackle Stefan Charles (knee) was moved to IR to open up a roster spot for Butler.
Tomlinson was limited in practice this week after due to an unspecified neck injury, but will attempt to play through it Sunday. He'll go up against a tough Rams' defensive line, specifically matching up with Aaron Donald.
Carey will return from a two-game absence, but is slated for a reserve role as Glover Quin's backup at free safety.
Swanson missed the final four games of the regular season and the Lions' playoff loss to Seattle due to his concussion. Now that he's been cleared, he'll resume normal offseason activity and be ready for offseason practices.
Originally drafted by the Browns in the seventh round, Bryant played 36 games with the team before joining the Lions via waivers during the 2016 season. He recorded five tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble across five games with the club. He was ultimately placed on the IR due to an undisclosed injury. He figures to compete for a more solidified role providing depth at defensive end once training camp commences.
Jones was the Lions' leading receiver Saturday, but that doesn't mean he played a flawless game. In fact, one of his miscues was a drop that would have gone for a big play and allow Detroit to gain some much-needed offensive momentum. Still, Jones' 81 receiving yards nonetheless represented his highest total since Week 7 and reminded owners of the fourth-year wideout's ability to get open down the field, a notion some may have forgotten since his fast start to the season in which Jones averaged 120.5 yards per game in the first four weeks of the season and just 37.3 in each tilt thereafter. He'll now enter his first offseason as a member of the Lions possessing status as the team's clear deep threat, although an admittedly inconsistent fantasy option.
Washington earned a roster spot out of training camp due to his impressive play on special teams, but failed to make much of an impact as a rusher at any point in the season even after Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) succumbed to injury. In fact, the seventh-round rookie was ultimately phased out of the offense altogether by Week 17 and replaced by Zach Zenner, who forced a monopoly on backfield snaps in the two games since (including 50 out of a possible 52 offensive snaps during Saturday's affair). With each of Abdullah, Riddick and Zenner set to return in 2017, Washington's future with the Lions is far from certain.
Coach John Harbaugh, meeting with the media at the NFL Owners Meetings on Tuesday, said that the start of training camp was Wagner's target date, per the Baltimore Sun.
Asa Jackson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday so the Lions bring in Barnes to bolster the secondary. The cornerback has bounced back and forth from the practice squad to the 53-man roster all season, recording seven tackles in seven games.
Backman was the Packers' sixth-round draft pick in 2015 but was released in August due to injury concerns. He eventually latched on with the Lions' practice squad this past season but never made it to the active roster. He'll square off with Matthew Mulligan and Khari Lee, among any other offseason acquisitions, for the Lions' No. 3 job at tight end.
After tying for seventh in the league with 31 field goals during the regular season, Prater went without an extra point for just the third time the entire season. However, he did nail a game-high 53-yard attempt, one of his longest hits of the season. Look for Prater to return in 2017 as one of the top fantasy options at the kicker position.
Bell joins Theo Riddick (wrist) among the Lions' DNPs in Week 16, leaving the backfield in the hands of Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner. As the regular season draws to a close, Bell will likely require an injury to one of Washington or Zenner in order to get any run in his second stint with the Lions.
Limited to just six appearances over the last two seasons, Levy has been unable to make good on the four-year, $37 million contract he signed before the 2015 campaign. The Lions may still have interest in retaining him at a reduced price, as Levy was an elite performer in 2013 and 2014, tallying 270 tackles and seven interceptions while playing in all 32 games. He'll turn 30 in late March.
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
Diggs suffered a pectoral injury in Sunday's win over the Saints, recording one tackle before leaving the game. The Lions signed Asa Jackson to replace Diggs on the depth chart with Adairius Barnes and Johnson Bademose also likely to see expanded roles the remainder of the season.
Landes is enjoying the offseason as he vacations in Jordan. He appears to look fully healed from his shoulder injury and is expected to compete with veteran Don Muhlbach for the long-snapping gig in Detroit this offseason.
Twenty months after being drafted in the third round by the Lions, Carter has finally been promoted from the practice squad and will serve in a depth role for Monday's game against the Cowboys with starter Darius Slay (hamstring) likely sidelined.
Ngata was limited in practice Thursday but register full participations on Friday and Saturday. He isn't expected to be limited in any fashion in Monday's game, where he'll start at defensive tackle alongside Tyrunn Walker.
Milligan was an undrafted free agent at the start of least season and after latching on with the Cowboys, he ended up suffering a severe injury that costed him the rest of the 2016 campaign. He was waived with an injury settlement and after taking the long road to recovery, he's finally healthy enough to sign with a new team. He'll join the Lions for the offseason, but there's no guarantee he makes the final roster.
An earlier report had Bowman in danger of missing the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. He's expected to be a limited participant in practice all week leading up to Week 12 against Washington.
Undrafted in 2012, Walker spent the first three seasons of his career with the Saints, before logging a two-year stint in Detroit. Overall, he's totaled 63 tackles (38 solo), 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery across 42 games. As a member of the Rams, Walker will serve as a rotational piece behind starting defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.
A good blocking tight end, Fells will join the Lions after being non-tendered by the Cardinals this offseason. Eric Ebron will play ahead of him and presents a better and more effective pass-catching option. However, Fells could receive a boost in fantasy value should the injury bug bite Ebron again and is joining a pass-heavy Lions offense that could make him an option in deep leagues and daily lineups if that happens.
Killebrew suffered an eye injury in Monday's loss to Dallas and was unable to return. His return to practice suggests the injury isn't very serious and shouldn't limit him in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Packers.
Formerly of the Falcons, Worrilow operated as a starter for most of the 2013-15 seasons but was largely relegated to special teams work this past year. However, he could be a good fit with the Lions, a team in dire need of linebackers who can cover in space.
After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.
Ansah appeared fully recovered from both his most recent shoulder injury -- as well as his lingering ankle issue from the very beginning of the season -- en route to a huge day against one of the league's worst offensive lines. While the former first-rounder finished the regular season with just 35 tackles and two sacks across 13 games, Ansah remains a top-shelf talent that was simply hampered by injury throughout the 2016 campaign. Expect a significant bounce-back effort from the fourth-year defensive end next season.
The 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hayden never lived up to the hype during his four seasons in Oakland. He ended the 2016 campaign with 37 tackles, six pass deflections and one forced fumble through 11 games. His season ended in late November after he suffered a hamstring injury, forcing the Raiders to place him on injured reserve. Once healthy, Hayden will compete for the starting nickelback position, an area the Lions struggled with throughout last season.
Muhlbach has been long-snapping for the Lions since 2004, making him the longest-tenured player on the team. He will compete with second-year long-snapper Jimmy Landes for a spot on the 53-man roster this preseason.
Taylor was listed as questionable in Friday's injury report but will give it a go on Sunday as he hopes to avoid aggravating an ankle injury. The defensive end played through the injury last week, notching one tackle while taking the field for 45 snaps. Look for a similar snap count this week with Brandon Copeland prepared to fill in at any moment.
Martin's new deal will reportedly make him the third-highest paid punter in the NFL and will keep him in Detroit through the 2020 season.
Jones, the Lions' sixth-rounder from 2014, appeared in just three games this past season due to his low standing on the depth chart. However, he could climb the ranks this summer if either Anquan Boldin or Andre Roberts leave in free agency. At the very least, he'll once again be in the mix for a role as a return man.
Playing the team that drafted him, Tate failed to make much of an impact as the entire Lions offense had trouble getting in sync. However, this lack of production doesn't come as a huge surprise considering the Seahawks have been shutting down opposing receivers all season. The former second-rounder will now enter the offseason having topped the 1,000-yard receiving threshold for the second time in three years with Detroit while having not seen less than 128 targets in any single campaign, a level of usage hard to ignore in PPR formats.
Williams was limited in practice on Thursday as he continued to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3's loss to the Packers. With DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) out once again, the rookie Williams will get another opportunity to start, as he filled in for the veteran linebacker in Week 2. Head coach Jim Caldwell said of Williams' Week 2 performance, "Young, tough, aggressive, learning." He recorded four tackles (two solo) in Week 2 and will look to put together a similar performance in Chicago this Sunday.
Riddick missed the Lions' final four regular season games due to a wrist injury, which forced him to be placed on injured reserve ahead of the team's playoff loss Saturday. Although he was sporting a hard cast as Detroit cleared out its locker room Monday, Riddick said he'll be ready by the time next season rolls around. Despite that expectation, Riddick's situation figures to continue to be updated over the offseason.
Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but he should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal caller as well as the veteran presence he could provide a locker room.
Decker was limited in practice this week with an injury to his ribs. The severity of which isn't clear, but look for Corey Robinson step in if he's unable to go.
Ebron is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2017, making his future with the Lions an increasingly pressing issue. According to general manager Bob Quinn, the organization is open to entering negotiations with Ebron down the line, making his situation one to monitor over this offseason. The tenth overall pick in 2014, Ebron has been plagued by nagging injuries and dropped passes through his first three seasons, but he showed signs of turning the corner with career-bests of 61 receptions and 711 yards this past year.
Turzilli, an undrafted second-year receiver out of Rutgers, spent time with the Titans and 49ers in 2015 before joining the Lions' practice squad last December. His size (6-4, 195) could improve his odds of landing one of the Lions' last roster spots at receiver.
The tender locks Hyder in at the veteran minimum salary for 2017, which represents a bargain on the Lions' behalf considering the Texas Tech product led the team with eight sacks this past season.
Bynes tied MLB Tahir Whitehead for the team lead in tackles Sunday and has now totaled 14 across the past two games. However, Whitehead is working his way back from a knee injury. As the team's leading tackler, Whiteheads return to full strength will likely correspond with a downturn in production for Bynes.
Expectations were high for Abdullah entering the 2016 campaign as the former second-round pick was coming off a successful rookie year and appeared in line for an expanded role within the offense. He started off hot -- averaging 5.6 yards per carry across 18 totes -- until a torn ligament in his left foot sustained in the second game of the season sentenced the running back to injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Various combinations of Theo Riddick (wrist), Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington and Justin Forsett comprised the Lions' running back corps game by game thereafter, but no runner in particular ever emerged as the team's clear lead back. Now healthy, Abdullah looks to be back atop the depth chart and enters the offseason as the favorite for No. 1 duties in 2017. However, Detroit has a stated intent to improve its rushing attack and could potentially add another running back via the draft to compete for the starting gig.