One new face to this elite group of players is Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who is ranked No. 59 on the list.
Here is where the three Detroit Lions on offense and two on defense are ranked by NFL.com.
No. 2 - wide receiver Calvin Johnson aka "Megatron"
Megatron is almost impossible to defend. You cannot cover him with your best cornerback and as many as three defenders have been used with limited success. Despite some nagging injuries in 2013, Johnson still managed to catch 12 touchdown passes and 1,492 receiving yards.
No. 40 – defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
Suh elicits strong opinions from opposing players, coaches, NFL officials and football fans. You either like him or hate him for his aggressive, sometimes penalized, style of play. Yet when you query football aficionados on who are the best defensive tackles in the NFL, Suh is at or near the top of their list.
No. 59 - outside linebacker DeAndre Levy
Levy led all linebackers in the NFL with six interceptions in 2013 and proved the Lions aren’t always drafting players to fill the skill positions on offense. He emerged as a much-needed playmaker on a defense that struggled during Jim Schwartz’s reign as Detroit’s head coach.
No. 88 – running back Reggie Bush
The Lions needed a running game in 2013 and Reggie Bush, sporting a 4.6 yards per carry average, provided the team with a much needed lift. His ability as a rusher and pass catcher make him a threat to get 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a game.
No. 100 – quarterback Matthew Stafford
Stafford was ranked No. 41 on this list in 2012 and No. 76 in 2013, but slipped further down in the rankings because he and his team struggled in the second half of the season after a 6-2 start. He is still valued as a top five fantasy football quarterback, but his win-loss percentage is only 38.7%.