Today in our countdown, we honor the Lions’ best outside linebacker since #100 on this list, Reggie Brown, roamed the Lions’ Den at the Silverdome back in the late 1990s.
63. DeAndre Levy
Outside Linebacker. 2009-Present Detroit
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (76th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, DeAndre Levy, started 10 games as a rookie for Detroit in 2009. After in injury-plagued second season, he broke out in 2011 with 109 tackles (73 solo) and also collected an INT and sack. But it was last season when Levy vaulted himself to a Pro Bowl level with 119 tackles (85 solo), 6 INTs and 15 passes defensed (which tripled his previous career high).
In 2013, Levy has continued his stellar play for what is now the NFL’s top-ranked defense. That year, he moved into the role of defensive signal caller with the season-ending injury to MLB Stephen Tulloch. However, a hip injury all but wiped out his 2015 season. If the Detroit Lions begin a new era of success in the next few seasons, a healthy Levy will likely be one of the “homegrown” Lions leading the roars.