Greatest Detroit Lions By Number: Numbers 90-99

Greatest Detroit Lions By Number: Numbers 90-99

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Ranking the greatest Detroit Lions of all time is no easy task to accomplish. From No. 1 all the way up to No. 99, I will attempt to rank the greatest Lions players for each jersey number. This list concludes with my selections for the best at numbers 90-99.

For numbers 80-89, visit http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/05/23/greatest-detroit-lions-by-number-nos-80-89/

#90: Ndamukong Suh, DT (2010-Present)

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#90: Ndamukong Suh, DT (2010-Present)

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Despite being one of the most controversial players in Lions' history, DT Ndamukong Suh has been one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.

In just four NFL seasons, Suh has been named to three Pro Bowls, and is due for a big contract extension this offseason. Suh's best season so far was in 2010 as a rookie where Suh was named to the Pro Bowl after recording 10 sacks as a defensive tackle.

#91: Robert Porcher, DE (1992-2003)

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#91: Robert Porcher, DE (1992-2003)

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For 13 standout seasons with the Lions, DE Robert Porcher was a dominant pass rusher for well over a decade.

When Porcher retired in 2003, Porcher held the team's all-time sack record with 95.5. Porcher also forced 23 fumbles during his career, and made the Pro Bowl three times.

#92: Shaun Rogers, DT (2001-07)

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#92: Shaun Rogers, DT (2001-07)

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Often called "Big Baby" in his first seven seasons in Detroit, DT Shaun Rogers became one of the NFL's best defensive linemen, and produced one memorable play in 2007.

From 2001-2007, Rogers was a dominant force inside, and was constantly doubled-teamed by opposing offensive linemen. Rogers went on to make two Pro Bowls in Detroit, and in 2007, Rogers had a memorable 66-yard interception return for a touchdown.

#93: Jerry Ball, NT (1987-92)

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#93: Jerry Ball, NT (1987-92)

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The anchor of Detroit's defensive line for six years, NT Jerry Ball's presence allowed players like LB Chris Spielman to make plays.

Ball was not just an excellent run-stuffer as a 3-4 nose tackle, but Ball was also an effective pass rusher. Ball recorded 18.5 sacks in his six years in Detroit, and made the Pro Bowl three times from 1989-91.

#94: Luther Elliss, DT (1995-2003)

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#94: Luther Elliss, DT (1995-2003)

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An immediate contributor as a rookie, DT Luther Elliss was a playmaker for Detroit's defensive line, and was a consistent player for nine seasons.

Elliss teamed with Porcher to give the Lions two solid pass rushers for a period of nine seasons. Elliss would make two Pro Bowls in 1999 and 2000, and finished his Lions' career with 27 sacks.

#95: Jared Devries, DE (1999-2008)

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#95: Jared Devries, DE (1999-2008)

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A backup for a majority of his career, DE Jared DeVries didn't have many opportunities to shine, but when he did, he made the most of it.

In his first seven seasons in Detroit, DeVries never started more than two games in a season. From 2006-08, DeVries started nine or more games in each season. The high point in DeVries' career was 2007 when DeVries recorded 6.5 sacks and 29 tackles.

#96: James Hall, DE (2000-2006)

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#96: James Hall, DE (2000-2006)

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An undrafted free agent in 2000, DE James Hall went from an afterthought to an effective pass rusher for the Lions.

Starting in 2002, Hall became a regular in the starting lineup, and produced immediately. Hall recorded at least one sack in all seven of his seasons in Detroit, including a career-best 11.5 in 2004. Hall would finish his Lions career with 33 sacks in seven seasons.

#97: Tracy Scroggins, DE-LB (1992-2001)

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#97: Tracy Scroggins, DE-LB (1992-2001)

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A combination DE-OLB, Tracy Scroggins performed both roles well in Detroit, and went on to become one of Detroit's most prolific pass rushers.

For 10 NFL seasons, all with Detroit, Scroggins was a consistent pass rusher who finished with at least two sacks in each season. In five of his 10 seasons, Scroggins recorded more than seven sacks in a season, and Scroggins finished his career with 60.5 sacks.

#98: Nick Fairley, DT (2011-Present)

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#98: Nick Fairley, DT (2011-Present)

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Approaching just his fourth season, DT Nick Fairley has teamed with Suh to form one of, if not, the league's most feared defensive tackle combinations in football.

Despite some inconsistency and character concerns, Fairley has shown flashes of his incredible talent. In 2012, Fairley posted 5.5 sacks, and in 2013, Fairley posted six sacks, respectively.

#99: Corey Williams, DT (2010-2012)

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#99: Corey Williams, DT (2010-2012)

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Concluding this list at No. 99 is the Williams, whom Corey Fairley replaced in 2012.

Williams was traded to the Lions from Cleveland, and was an immediate starter. In Detroit's playoff-run in 2011, it was Williams who would beat out Fairley as the starter opposite Suh. In three seasons, Williams recorded six sacks, and made 77 tackles.


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