- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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Free agency is essentially done. The draft is over. The rosters, at least the top end of a lot of them, are essentially set.
With that, the Detroit Lions, who lost a good chunk of their offensive and defensive interior lines, are still projected as a playoff team in ESPN's post-draft Power Rankings at No. 12. They moved down five spots from their final ranking from last season, when they were at No. 7.
The preseason rank, should it hold entering the regular season, would tie Detroit's highest ranking to start a season. The Lions were ranked 12th entering the 2012 season with the team coming off a playoff appearance. Actually, the Lions were ranked even higher after the draft that season with a No. 9 ranking, but had a lot of questions in the secondary.
Detroit finished the 2012 season 4-12.
Right now, the Lions would be the sixth-ranked NFC team, just behind Philadelphia. Considering no NFC South team is ranked in the top 12, based on the Power Rankings it could come down to the Eagles and Lions for a playoff berth.
The two teams play on Thanksgiving in Detroit.
The Lions, who lost a good chunk of their offensive and defensive interior lines, are projected as a playoff team in our post-draft Power Rankings.