SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Having five-star signee Micah Parsons start his collegiate career at middle linebacker is a move defensive coordinator Brent Pry is excited about. Trying others there -- seemingly everyone on the depth chart this offseason --- is how the Lions will figure out one of the team's most pressing offseason needs.
"Our need there, the vacancy that Jason (Cabinda) leaves," Pry said Wednesday about why Parsons will get a shot there. "This spring to be honest we'll probably roll a couple guys thorough there. (Jesse) Luketa will get an opportunity, Ellis Brooks obviously will get an opportunity. Cam Brown will get an opportunity and I even told Koa (Farmer). His eyes got kind of big."
Farmer doesn't see himself as a potential middle linebacker, Pry said, but he added that the former safeties speed and skill set could make for an interesting opportunity. So too would Brown, the 6-5, 227-pound outside linebacker who worked this season at both the Sam and the Will.
"You look at Brian Urlacher and he's about 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5. There are some tall guys at Mike," Cabinda said. "Having that height can only be an advantage. I don't think it could be a disadvantage in any way."
[caption id="attachment_515476" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Scenes from the Lions' media availability. - WAISS ARAMESH / FOR DKPS[/caption]