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Five Lions among PFT’s top 100 free agents

The Detroit News
DT Haloti Ngata - Ngata is still disruptive, but he doesn’t make plays anywhere near the same rate he did in his prime. He had no tackles for loss against the run, 1.5 sacks and three batted down passes. GRADE: B-

Pro Football Talk’s list of the top 100 NFL free agents this year includes five who played for the Lions in 2015.

Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is the highest-ranked Lion at No. 38. He is followed by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at No. 52, linebacker Tahir Whitehead at No. 61, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus at No. 76 and running back Joique Bell at No. 95.

Bell was recently cut by the Lions. The other four players are prospective unrestricted free agents. PFT’s top 100 list includes players of both categories. PFT’s list did not include players expected to opt out of their current contracts, or players likely to be cut.

The top three on the list are Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

Former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins of Washington is No. 9 and former Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is No. 43.