NFC North: Shaun Cody
Cody was the Lions' second-round pick that season and went on to play in 53 games over the next four seasons, compiling 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He and quarterback Dan Orlovsky were the last members of the draft class to depart.
Lions officials have said they want to get bigger and stronger along the defensive line and have signed veteran Grady Jackson to start at nose tackle. They have also hosted Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji on a visit.
For those interested, below is the Lions' full 2005 draft class. They were not alone. As we noted earlier this month, only four members from that class remain with their original team throughout the entire NFC North.
Round 1: USC receiver Mike Williams
Round 2: USC defensive end Shaun Cody
Round 3: Stanford defensive back Stanley Wilson
Round 5: Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky
Round 6: Oregon State defensive end Bill Swancutt
Round 6: Marshall linebacker Johnathan Goddard
Wrapping up our early offseason analysis of the NFC North:
Detroit Lions offseason analysis
- 2008 record: 0-16
- Coaching changes: Rod Marinelli fired and replaced by Jim Schwartz. Gunther Cunningham is the new defensive coordinator. Scott Linehan will be the new offensive coordinator. The team has announced no other additions, and the fate of much of Marinelli's former staff has yet to be decided.
- Salary cap status: $26.8 million before end-of-year adjustments and credits.
- Exclusive rights free agent: Defensive back Ramzee Robinson
- Key unrestricted free agents: Running back Aveion Cason, defensive lineman Shaun Cody, receiver Keary Colbert, offensive lineman George Foster, placekicker Jason Hanson, running back Rudi Johnson, linebacker Paris Lenon, receiver Shaun McDonald, linebacker Ryan Nece, fullback Moran Norris, quarterback Dan Orlovsky, guard Stephen Peterman.
- Free agent comment: Hanson is the Lions' biggest decision among the free agent group. There have been reports that he is bound by a grandfathered franchise tag. The Lions have not confirmed that. But in either event, they will have to decide whether to pay him a premium salary after a lights-out 2008 season. The sheer number of free agents the Lions have speaks to the roster overhaul they could effect if desired.
- Three biggest needs: (1) Size in the interior defensive line; (2) A playmaking linebacker; (3) Upgrade at both guard positions.