We’re taking a little different approach to our top 20 Lions list this year. Rather than simply rank players in reverse order of what I expect their contributions to be this fall, I’ve opened it up to everyone in the organization to make this a true top-20 list. Matthew Stafford, as the Lions’ quarterback and best player, is obviously key to whether the team will win on any given Sunday. But how does he compare to first-year coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn (whose heavy lifting is done in March and April) when it comes to the Lions' success or failure the rest of this season? Here, for 2018, is our list of the 20 most important Lions: Position: Safety. Age: 32. 2017 stats: 16 games played, 84 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles. Contract status: Entering Year 1 of a two-year extension signed last summer. Why he’s No. 7: Quin never quite gets the credit he deserves as one of the NFL’s most reliable safeties. He has started 132 straight games, the third longest active streak in the NFL. He has forced at least three turnovers in each of the past six seasons. And he’s inarguably the leader of the Lions secondary. Quin stayed away from the team most of the offseason for family reasons and not because of a contract dispute. He’ll have catching up to do once camp rolls around, but he’s a savvy player so it shouldn’t affect his performance on the field, where the Lions are once again counting on him as their last, impenetrable line of defense. 2017 projection: Quin showed no sign of decline last season at 31 years old. The Lions hedged their bets at safety this offseason, re-signing Tavon Wilson and drafting Tracy Walker in the third round , but those moves might be more future-looking than for 2018. At some point, Quin’s body won’t work as fast as his mind, but for now he’s an every-down free safety whose value can’t be diminished on the field. Contact Dave Birkett: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.