Lions Close Out Draft with DL, LS and RB

The Lions used their last 2 picks in the 6th round on a versatile defensive lineman and a long snapper before closing it out with a running back.

Anthony Zettel is a DT/DE from Penn St that is undersized at DT, but inexperienced at DE.  He has a non-stop motor and very good quickness.  He will have the opportunity to compete for the Jason Jones role in the defense.  Early down DE to stuff the run and then slide inside on passing downs to rush from the interior.  This kid has a nose for the ball as he led Penn St in sacks and interceptions in a season as a defensive lineman.  He has a great chance to compete for a spot on the roster since the defensive end group is not crowded.

LS Jimmy Landes is best known for a trick shot video and he will be competing with long time LS Don Muhlbach for the job.

Dwayne Washington will be competing with Stevan Ridley and Zack Zenner for a roster spot in a crowded backfield.  Washington has quick feet and is a big bodied back that can catch the ball out of the backfield.

 

Lions Draft QB Jake Rudock with First 6th Round Pick

The Lions were going to take a QB in this draft and they elected to take Jake Rudock in the 6th round.  Rudock is an accurate passer but he rarely throws downfield.  He’s not my favorite pick with Brandon Allen and Jeff Driskel on the board.  Rudock needs to add bulk and also arm strength.  His slight build could lead to injuries if he does take the field.

I don’t think this selection will impact Dan Orlovsky in any way.  Orlovsky has game experience and the trust of the coaches.  Rudock is a developmental guy that may not even make the active roster, but find his way to the practice squad for development.

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LB Antwione Williams is the 169th Pick

The Lions keep up with the tough guy theme with the 169th pick taking LB Antwione Williams.

Williams is an absolutely chiseled 245 lbs with very good straight line speed.  He doesn’t move laterally very well, so he could struggle in coverage, but he will fly sideline to sideline and clean up running backs.  He is a very good tackler and can add value as a blitzer.

Just like the rest of the picks, he’s a very mature kid with a very big presence in the locker room and the community.  Williams is another player that will add value on special teams while he develops.  Williams’ best case scenario is a strong run defender on first and second down and an occasional blitzer in sub packages.

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Lions Draft OL Joe Dahl with Pick 151

The Lions go back to the well in the 5th round and take Joe Dahl.  Dahl played tackle in college, but there are some that believe he will kick inside to guard.  My personal belief is that Dahl is going to learn all the positions except center this year, then step into a swing tackle role with the possibility of replacing Riley Reiff next season if he leaves.

Dahl is an elite pass protector, but has little to no run blocking experience due to the scheme he played in college.  He’s going to require a lot of technique work and grooming in that regard.  He is a finesse style blocker that needs to add strength and refine some technique issues because he always played out of a 2-point stance.

The selection of Dahl basically seals the fate of any non-starter on the Lions’ offensive line.  Decker, Glasgow, Dahl and Geoff Schwartz are four new bodies that will be on the team this season.  Not much room elsewhere on the roster.

Here are 3 game film cut ups from DraftBreakdown.com

Joe Dahl

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Lions Draft S Miles Killebrew with 111th Pick

The top need areas left to address in this draft for me were safety and defensive end.  I anticipated one of those two positions with the pick in the 4th round and the Lions did grab a safety with the 111th pick.  Miles Killebrew is a big time hitter and will compete for the strong safety spot, rather than add depth at free safety.  Killebrew is a big kid at 6’2″ 225 lbs. and he has very good straight line speed.  He is not as fluid in space, which will be an area he needs to work on.

He is a violent tackler and has great size to play in the box.  Some teams view him as an outside linebacker, others a safety and some view him as a dime linebacker.  Killebrew will come in and play special teams where his speed and tackling will be a huge asset.  Miles needs to learn to control his tackling at the next level since he’s not going to be knocking out NFL players with the same ease as he did in the Big Sky Conference.

Here are two game film cut ups courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com

Miles Killebrew

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Lions Select C Graham Glasgow with the 95th Pick

The Lions continue to add beef to the trenches as they select Graham Glasgow at the end of the 3rd round.  Double G is a larger-than-usual center prospect.

Despite his 6’6″ frame, Glasgow stays low out of his stance and plays with good leverage.  He has the athleticism to pull and hit moving targets when he does.  He’s a tough player and he has the intangibles that are so important for the center position in the NFL.  He has strong legs which help him drive block as well as anchor against the bull rush.  He still struggles at times against the bull rush due to his height, but he should be able to improve with NFL coaching.

Like the Lions’ previous 2 picks, his leadership draws praise and his teammates love him.  They are all great locker room guys.  Glasgow can’t be mentioned without his off the field issues coming up, but all evidence is he put them behind him and everybody praised how well he learned from them.

This pick obviously puts the future of Travis Swanson in doubt, but both players can play guard as well.

Here are game film cut ups of Glasgow courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com

Graham Glasgow

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Lions Draft A’Shawn Robinson with 46th Pick

The second round began with a huge run on defensive linemen and the Lions joined in that run.  After a series of edge rushers and tackles were picked, the DT stable was thinning very rapidly.  The Lions pounced on A’Shawn Robinson with the 46th pick.

Robinson was the lesser talked about of the two Alabama defensive tackles, but has the higher upside.  He is a very strong and athletic man for his size and has a non-stop motor.  He has great length and strong hands that he uses to stack and shed and he locates the ball well.  He makes tons of hustle plays as he is capable of navigating through bodies and making plays from sideline to sideline.

He lacks refinement as a pass rusher because he wasn’t asked to do much of it at Alabama.  He has the tools and awareness to learn to become more versatile with his technique.  He also has excellent flexibility to stay low out of his stance, great balance when on the move and he has explosive leg drive.  He does have to hit the film to understand combination blocks and get a better feel for what the offensive line is trying to do, but that is coachable.

Robinson is a bit of a projection as his role in college doesn’t exactly fit his role in the pros.  That adds an element of risk to the pick, but worst case scenario he should be a solid two down lineman that helps defend the run.

Here is game film cut ups courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com

A’Shawn Robinson

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Interior Offensive Lineman Ronald Leary on Trade Block

The Lions are looking to upgrade the interior offensive line in the draft, but the Cowboys have just made it clear that a veteran interior lineman is available.

Leary was a starter that was displaced by rookie La’El Collins.  No word on what compensation the Cowboys are looking for.