NFL.com is announcing their top 100 players. The votes come from current players. Detroit Lions fans weren’t surprised to find Matthew Stafford on the list. One defensive player might have surprised fans and analysts, but he is deserving.
Stephen Tulloch is one of the most underrated players on the Lions defensive squad. Tulloch is the key linebacker and has been consistent since joining the team in 2011. Tulloch has played in every single NFL game since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Over the past four seasons, Tulloch has recorded at least 100 tackles.
Tulloch was ranked 63rd by the website and his peers. To his credit, Tulloch also ranks as the fourth most underrated player in the current revealed players. That means the players and fans think Tulloch is a Top 100 player.
In 2012, Tulloch had 112 tackles, 0.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups. This was down slightly from Tulloch’s great 2011 campaign. However, Tulloch still was a key piece to the Lions defense and is a top ten linebacker in the league.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was smart when he made sure that Tulloch joined him in Detroit. As defensive coordinator on the Tennessee Titans, Schwartz saw first hand how dominant Tulloch was. The Lions are lucky to have Tulloch in the middle of their defense. With defense being a priority for the team to improve on their 4-12 record, Tulloch could be one of the biggest difference makers in 2013.