Jarrad Davis, Linebacker out of Florida!!!!
The NFL draft is less than 72 hours away and the anxiety of knowing who the lions will take with the 21st pick is slowly setting in for most fans. With that said here are fifteen possible selections outside, inside, and around the box.
Outside the Box:
• Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
• Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
• O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
• Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
• Derek Barnett, EDGE Rush, Tennessee
If ANY of these players fall to the Lions they should bounce on them. Though, it will be highly unlikely a fan can only dream. I personally would love O.J. Howard or Corey Davis because they are major offensive weapons. Plus, this draft is loaded with defensive talent throughout the first 3 rounds.
Inside the Box:
• Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
• Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
• Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
• Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
• David Njoku, TE, Miami
These players are likely to be on the board when the Lions pick. My guess is all players are in play. Though, I would prefer Jabrill Peppers to be the selection because he brings a star power that none of the other players bring IMO. Plus, he can be a huge contributor on special teams and offense in a few packages.
Around the Box:
• Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
• Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
• Kevin King, CB, Washington
• Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
• T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
These players should all be available when the lions pick, but I personally feel like we should pass on each of them. Not due to a lack of talent, but value of our pick. Conley, is the only player from this list that warrants the 21st pick, but this draft is loaded at CB. We can find an option well into the 3rd round. Davis, Cunningham, and Watt would all be great additions for the Lions, but are 2nd round talents.
The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Lions slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:
Sep. 10 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM
Sep. 18 at New York Giants (Mon) 8:30 PM
Sep. 24 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM
Oct. 1 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM
Oct. 8 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM
Oct. 15 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM
Oct. 22 BYE
Oct. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers * 8:30 PM
Nov. 6 at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:30 PM
Nov. 12 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM
Nov. 19 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM
Nov. 23 Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 12:30 PM
Dec. 3 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM
Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Dec. 16 Chicago Bears (Sat) 4:30 PM
Dec. 24 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM
Dec. 31 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM
What’s Good about this Schedule: Two of the first three and three of the first five at home for the Lions, as they will look to get off to a quick start opening day vs the Cardinals and then with games two weeks later against the Falcons, two NFC teams also looking to make a playoff push.
What’s Bad about this Schedule: From November 19th to December 10th the team will play three of four on the road, with the only break a mid-week game on Thanksgiving Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford injured the middle finger on his throwing hand late last season, which contributed to a sharp decline in his performance down the stretch. But Stafford says all is well with the finger, Justin Rogers of Detroit News reports.
“(It) just needed rest,” Stafford said. “No surgery, no procedure, anything like that. It feels good, threw with it today. It feels fine. Been throwing with it for a month, month and a half, now. It just took some rest. It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl that it started feeling better.”
In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to Seattle, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns, while doubling his interception total.
Stafford didn’t miss a snap last season, despite the injury. After hurting the digit, he played with a custom single-finger glove to improve his grip. The highly durable quarterback has started a franchise-record 96 consecutive games.
Aaah!!! It’s that exciting time of year where we get to add a few new young additions to our team. This 7-Round Mock draft comes with plenty of optimism and high expectations. I will provide a more realistic mock in the the coming weeks. For now, here is an early preview of talent we should look to snatch should they make our respective draft boards for the given rounds:
1st Round Pick 21: Derek Barnett- DE Tennessee
Look no further than this video! The Lions struggled getting to the QB last year. We need all the help we can get on the pass rush.
2nd Round Pick 53: Tim Williams- OLB Alabama
Did I mention we need pass rushers? Especially at the LB position.
3rd Round Pick 85: D’Onta Foreman- RB Texas
The Lions need a power back in the worst way! This is a bit of a stretch that he will make it to the 85th pick, but given the league history with RBs one can hope.
4th Round Pick 127: Cordrea Tankersley- CB Clemson
Having a young CB with huge upside may go along way just in case DJ Hayden under performs.
5th Round Pick 165: Bucky Hodges- TE Virginia Tech
Anytime we can add an extra weapon for Matt Stafford in the late rounds we need to pull the plug. Hodges is a red zone nightmare for defenses!
6th Round Pick 205: Ben Boulware- LB Clemson
You can’t teach heart! Boulware has plenty of it and would be a wonderful addition to our special teams!
6th Round Pick 215: Quincy Adeboyejo- WR Ole Miss
Big WR with big play written all over him. Lacks some of the intangibles needed at the next level, but I think the Lions would be a perfect fit to bring him up to speed.
7th Round Pick 250: Cooper Rush- QB Central Michigan
There’s no debating, Stafford is the best QB we have had in Honolulu blue in the modern era of Lions football. With that being said, grooming a young stud never hurt any team. Especially if you can get another team to give up future draft picks.
Make no mistake, Adrian Peterson is a future Hall of Famer. He has made a career dominating defenses to the tune of 11,747 career rushing yards and 97 touchdowns. The lions have given up 1,490 of those yards and 11 touchdowns. All of this through 14 games spanning 8 seasons (minus any season Peterson was hurt). YIKES!!!
Although I am happy at the thought that Peterson may vacate our division and hence, “Stop the Bleeding”, he has inflicted on the Lions over the years, I’m not entirely convinced this will happen. That relish and mustard team in our division may take a flier on AP. With the loss of Eddie Lacy and the sheer dominance of Aaron Rodgers why not?
That brings to question with the newly upgraded Lions offensive line and cannon armed Matthew Stafford, why would AP NOT be a good fit in Detroit? Outside of cost (and a winning tradition as other fans love to remind us) the Lions would be a perfect fit. A deal would be a win-win for both sides. AP wouldn’t have to be the only option on offense, we can have a running backfield by committee with Theo Reddick and Ameer Abdullah, and we can do it all for a one season trial period.
This formula has proven to be valuable in the past with Stafford and our passing attack. Look no further than the 2013 season when Reggie Bush blessed the organization with more than a 1000 yards rushing and over 500 receiving yards out of the backfield. Plus our front office believes he can still be effective. Lions GM Bob Quinn stated, “I think AP definitely has plenty left in the tank.”
Waiting until the draft may be a great tactic to get the asking price down, but AP is a once in a lifetime game changer. Even though Peterson is 32, he demands game planning from defensive coordinators around the league. Outside of Stafford, we don’t have anyone like him on our roster (still mourning the retirement of MEGATRON).
The roar found restoration in the final minutes of most games last season. That is until the last four games when we were silenced completely. And though we made the playoffs, I for once want the Lions to continue to build on the success. Grabbing proven locker room leaders and extraordinary players that can help put an end to the ‘Same Ole Lions’ talk. AP would be a great addition to an already stellar offseason.
Lions running back Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both wrists after the end of the season according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The injuries cost Riddick the final four games of what was an otherwise breakout season for the former sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame. Riddick is expected to be a full participant in OTAs and is expected to once again be the primary pass-catching back in Detroit in 2017.
Under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions have embraced a quick-pass offense that suits Riddick’s skill set. The rest of the Lions’ backfield remains in flux with Ameer Abdullah coming off two injury-riddled seasons and having issues with ball security while the rest of the RB corps is a collection of pedestrian and mismatched parts. It would not be a shock if the Lions looked for more running back help in the upcoming draft.
The Lions have been quiet thus far in free agency, but that doesn’t mean they are sitting still. The team today will be chatting with a wide out – Corey Brown of the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers WR Corey Brown is visiting the Detroit Lions, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Last year Brown had 27 grabs for 276 yards with one score. He was undrafted when inked by the Panthers in 2014. In his career he’s got 79 catches for 1019 yards and seven scores.