Scott McMahon

The 3 Most Underrated Lions Heading Into 2014

Created on Jun. 19, 2014 5:00 AM EST

3. DeAndre Levy, OLB

Levy broke out in 2013 during his fifth NFL season with the Lions, but was unfortunately passed up for a Pro Bowl bid. Levy started every game last year, contributing with 119 combined tackles, six interceptions and one official touchdown (his first was negated due to Suh’s fine-worthy penalty against the Vikings in Week 1). Perhaps most impressive, though, was Levy’s growth in the passing game. His six picks were more than his previous four seasons combined, and his 15 passes defended tripled his previous season best. Levy was also a key part of the Lions highly-rated rush defense with eight stuffs and 27 stuff yards.

There’s no question that Levy will suit up Week 1 as the Lions starting outside linebacker, but it will be key for Detroit's defense for him to build on his 2013 performance. The Lions did very little to tweak their starting front seven outside of drafting BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy, so the Levy's play will be instrumental in how the defense performs in 2014.