Thursday, March 28, 2013

Detroit Lions Draft Preview: CB David Amerson visits Allen Park

Junior CB David Amerson visits Allen Park in one of the 20 pre draft interviews Thursday. Amerson really struggled this season after intercepting 13 passes in 2011. He repeatedly burned for touchdowns in 2012. It started with Tennessee when Cord Patterson took him to the house.

On the bright side, he has the measureables and the ball skills you want in an NFL corner.


I rate him as 6.6 a true boom or bust prospect. I could see him going anywhere from the 2nd to the 4th.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Detroit Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins at Notre Dame Pro Day

Detroit Lions Detroit Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins attends the Notre Dame pro day. Two Notre Dame running backs Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick were on display.

1st year Lions RB Coach
Curtis Modkins
Cierre Wood 5110 213 4.52 18 reps 37.5 vj 1004 broad 4.28 20 6.87 ldtill

Wood is quick guy who can make people miss in space. I have a 6.1 grade on him which is a rotational player with upside. 5th round

Theo Riddick 5101 201 4.66 14 reps 32 vj 910 broad 4.34 20 6.98 ldrill

Quicker than fast guy with some skill level. I have 5.8 grade on him. Special teams guy 6-7th round pick

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Detroit Lions workout DE Alex Okafor at Texas Pro Day

Detroit Lions worked out Texas DE Alex Okafor at his pro day. Okafor was 6047 262 ran 4.88 36 vj 904 broad 4.4 20.

I feel Okafor is a good prospect. He makes plays, forces fumbles and can be dominant at times. I rated him 6.8 as solid player with possible starter potiential as rookie. The Lions would look at him in the 2nd round.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview CB Will Davis

Broke down 4 films (Utah, LA Tech, NM State, SJSU ) plus work in the senior bowl. I see him as a talented player but has a few holes in his game.

2012: 64t 5 int
Combine: 5113 186 4.51 16 reps 36.5 Vj 1007 broad 4.02 20 6.52 ldrill.

Strengths: can run with receivers and play the ball in the air. Will get his head around on most plays. Has good hands and will under cut slant routes.

Weakness: gambler who will bite on the double move. Has little interest in run support. Lost more battles than he won with Quinton Patten.

Bottom line: has the tools to cover in the NFL. That is enough to get him drafted in the 1st two days. I could see him as a boom or bust guy. 6.3 nickel or dime guy with starter upside.

Detroit Lions draft preview OLB Zaviar Gooden

Broke down 3 films on Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden (Tennessee, Georgia, Syracuse) plus work at the senior bowl. Gooden has off the charts measureables but lacks playmaking on film.

2012: 61 t 1 int
Combine:  6014 233 4.47 27 reps 34 Vj 1011 broad 4.17 20  6.71 ldrill

Strengths Can run down ball carriers. A good tackler in space. Good motor and makes tackles in pursuit. Can run with backs and TE in man.

Weaknesses: does not make plays. Totally lost in zone coverage. Does not disengage blockers.

Bottom line: a better athlete than football player. Will get over drafted because of his combine performance. Has upside as an OLB in the 4-3. I rate him 6.3 role player with starter upside.

Detroit Lions James Harris attends Central Florida Pro Day

Detroit Lions Senior personnel executive James "Shack" Harris attended the pro day at Central Florida on March 20.

Shack hopes he can save Mayhew's job

Central Florida has a couple free agents prospects:

DE Tony Harris 6017 251  4.65 24 reps 4.14 20

CB AJ  Bouye 6002 186 4.55 36.5 VJ 4.04 20 7.06 Ldrill

S Kemal Ishmael 5107 201 4.63 40 1003 broad 4.28 20

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview CB Dwayne Gratz

Broke down UCONN corner Dwayne Gratz (Cincinnati, Louisville) plus Senior Bowl work. The Lions have met with him twice. (Combine, Senior Bowl)

Combine 5111 201 4.47 22 reps 38 Vj 1005 broad 4.15 20 6.7 ldrill.

2012: 53t 3 int

Strengths Good size, straight line speed. Good tackler. Can break on the underneath route.

Weakness does not turn and find the ball in the air. Looks like a candidate to move to safety.

Bottom line: physical player who I like better than Blidi Wren-Wilson but may have to move to safety. I do not trust him outside in coverage. Rating 6.4 rotational player with starter potiential.
 4 th round.

Detroit Lions draft preview CB D.J. Hayden

Took a quick look at Houston CB DJ Hayden. Two films (UCLA, Penn State 2011). He is best known for tearing the inferior vena cava near his heart in a practice collision. This is usually a fatal injury. He has been cleared to workout. He played the short side corner for the Cougars.

Pro day 5113 189 4.4 1000 broad pulled hamstring
2012: 61t 4 int

Strengths: fast break on the ball in the zone. Great transition out of his back pedal. Decent in run support.

Weakness: gets worse as he gets further from the line. Does track the deep ball well. Has terrible hands.

Bottom line: a good corner prospect but not a slam dunk. He reminds me of Alphonso Smith with bad hands. The injury only clouds the rating. 6 upside with risk. 4th round.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview LB Jarvis Jones pro day

Detroit Lions were in Athens, Georgia to scout UGA pro day today. The main event was OLB Jarvis Jones who sat out the combine. His results were as expected below average. 6020 248 4.92 40 30.5vj.  903 broad 17 reps.

He was not noted as a workout guy. He is a good football player but these numbers take him out of the running at #5. He will visit Allen Park later in the process.

Here are my updated rankings for Lions at #5.

1. Eric Fisher
2. Ziggy Ansah
3. Lane Johnson
4. Chance Warmack
5. Luke Joeckel.

I hope one of the top 3 fall to Lions.

The following players are visiting Allen Park

Jones, Dee Milliner, Robert Woods, Cord Patterson, Justin Hunter.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Detroit Lions awarded 2 compensatory draft picks

The Detroit Lions as awarded two compensatory draft picks in 2013.

For losing CB Eric Wright to the Bucs, we get pick #132 in round 4. (5 years $37.5 mil $15.5 guaranteed)

16 starts 3 picks 73 tackles 15 PBU in 2011

For losing QB Drew Stanton to the Jets , we get pick #245 in the 7th round. (1 year $1.25 million)

Mr. C and Drew

The Lions have 8 picks in the draft.

Round 1 pick 5
Round 2 pick 36
Round 3 pick 65
Round 4 pick 132
Round 5 pick 137
Round 6 pick 171
Round 7 pick 211
Round 7 pick 245

We traded our 4th round for Tahir Whitehead last year.

The Lions have been awarded 17 picks since the inception in 1994.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview DE Devin Taylor

Did some film on South Carolina DE Devin Taylor. (Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Eastwest game) I like this guy. He has good size but is raw. He would fit in the Lion DE rotation.

2012 27t 3sacks 6 pd

Combine 6072 266 4.72 40 14 reps 35 Vj 1008 broad 4.3 20 6.89 ldrill.

Strengths: long. Disrupts with his size. Bats passes and gets in passing lanes. Decent at holding his ground. Good burst and great motor. 2 forced fumbles in the Shrine Game.

Weaknesses : need to finish more plays. Seems to wear down. Raw pass rush moves. Needs more strength and leverage.

Bottom line. Could be an effective rotational end in Detroit. Good for 20-25 plays mostly in passing situations. Has upside.  6.3 rotational player with starter potiential.  4th round.

Detroit Lions draft preview DE Tank Carradine

Broke down 3 films on Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine (Florida, NC State, Clemson). He torn an ACL late in the Florida game.

 2012: 80t 11sacks

Strengths: strong against the run and tireless in pursuit. Has long arms that he uses to lockout blockers.

Weaknesses: not explosive in the upfield rush, rarely wins with speed. Has long arms but his club move is not effective.

Bottom line: I see him as a base end in the 4-3. He will not be a top pass rusher but could be good in rotation like Lawrence Jackson. Rating 6.2 rotational player. 4th round

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview OG Dallas Thomas

Broke down two games (NC State and Alabama) plus us work at the senior bowl on Tennessee OG Dallas Thomas.  This guy can play. He played LG at Tennessee but could probably play tackle in the NFL.

Strengths can move his feet. Decent punch with arms not a grabber. Good on the pull and finding defenders on the second level.

Weakness not a wrecking ball. Does cause a lot of  movement at the point of attack.

Bottom line 6.5 starter in his 2nd season. Could be valuable at both tackle and guard. 3 rd round.

Detroit Lions draft preview Cordarrelle Patterson

Broke a down film (NC State, Florida, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Georgia) on Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.  He declared for the draft with just one year at Tennessee and 2 years at Hutchinson CC.

2012 12 games 46 rec 778  5 td

Combine: 6017 216 4.42 40 37 Vj 1008 broad

Strengths: wicked fast with the football. Can play slot, outside, return man and even throw. Next to Tavon Austin the most explosive athlete in the draft.

Weakness: Not a true receiver. Better athlete at this stage than route runner. Will drop the ball especially on the fly route.

Bottom line not an option at 5 but will probably go in the top 20. Will make an impact on reverses and the return game. He question is will he develop into a true receiver. 6.7 impact player in situations. 1 st round.

Detroit Lions draft preview OT Xavier Nixon

Did a couple films. (Georgia and Texas A&M) on Florida OT Xavier Nixon. He played left tackle for the Gators. I really do not know where to play this guy.
 Update: watched him dominate FSU DE Tank Carradine. He showed good feet but a lack of punch. A lot of dancing with Tank.

Strengths decent feet, switches off stunts and blitzes well. Can get to he second level.

Weaknesses lacks upper body explosion.  Grabber. Struggles with elite speed (Jarvis Jones). He does not finish plays.

Bottom line: I think he could play in the league but lacks the feet for the LT and the drive for OG or RT. 5.9 back up with some upside 6th round.

Detroit Lions draft preview WR Marquess Wilson

Did two films on Washington State WR Marquess Wilson (Colorado, Oregon). Wilson quit the team during the season and accused coach Mike Leach of abuse. He played outside for the Cougars in the Michael Crabtree position.

2012: 52 rec 813 5td

Combine: 6030 194 4.51 40 7 reps 34.5vj 1002 broad 6.65 l drill

Strengths: has some game. Made tough catches and showed some run after the catch.

Weaknes:s beside being a character concern, will drop some. Not super strong hands.

Bottom line: If he can get himself together, he could have a future as a 2 or 3 receiver. I rate him as a 6. Upside but baggage. 5th round.

Detroit Lions draft preview WR Keenan Allen

Checked out three films on Cal WR Keenan Allen (UCLA, USC, Ohio State). He is a big, strong receiver who played mostly in the slot at Cal. This was a tough evaluation because their QB was so bad.

2012 61rec 737 6 td

Strengths: NFL size and hands. Will catch the ball in traffic. In addition, he will break a tackle and gain yardage.

Weakness: not super explosive. Not elusive in the open field

Bottom line: looks like a starter outside in the league. I do not think he will be a game breaker. I rate him 6.9 a solid starter in the NFL. 2nd round.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Detroit Lions re-sign OG Dylan Gandy

Detroit Lions sign back up guard and center Dylan Gandy. A 9th year man out of Texas Tech, he has played 4 years for Detroit playing 63 games starting 5. He will compete for time at guard.

Welcome back to Detroit

Detroit Lions re-sign S Louis Delmas

After visiting the Rams and 49ers, 5th year safety Louis Delmas re-signed for 2 years and $9.45 million.
If healthy Delmas could be a good NFL safety to pair with Glover Quin.

Here is a tribute:

Mr.C celebrates with Delmas

Lou has started 49 games for Detroit
3 picks 267 tackles

Delmas is a WMU grad.
Welcome back to Detroit.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Detroit Lions VP Brian Xanders and Kris Kocurek attend Alabama pro day

Senior VP Brian Xanders

Brian Xanders was checking the workout of OG Chance Warmack and the health of Dee Milliner (shoulder) and RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring).

Damion Square

Defensive Line coach Kris Kocurek was checking three out DL Quinton Dial (toe), Damion Square and Jessie Williams.

D-Line Coach Kris Kocurek

Robert Lester

Safety S Robert Lester ran 4.6 with 1001 broad.  He looked like the next great safety out if Alabama as. Sophomore but struggled this season. Lester does have some range and big game experience. I see him as a 4th guy. 6.2 back up with upside.

Detroit Lions OT Jeff Backus retires

Backus started 191 games for Detroit with a record 53-138 (27.7%). He lost his only playoff game as well.

Jeff was the 1st draft pick of Matt Millen

A four year starter at Michigan
This saves Detroit $3 million off the salary cap.

Good Luck Jeff

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Detroit Lions DT Sammie Hill signs with Tennessee Titans

Sammie Hill signed a three year $11.5 mil contract with the titans. $4 mil guaranteed.

Sammie played 59 games starting 18.
95 tackles 4 sacks
Good Luck Sammie

Detroit Lions DE Cliff Avril signs with Seattle

Seahawks have signed Cliff Avril for 2 years $15 million. Avril played 73 games starting 60. He had 39.5 sacks 16 forced fumbles. Cliff played for the $10.6 million franchise last year. He has been one of the worst ends in football vs. the run and an overrated pass rusher. I am glad he is gone.

Good Luck

Detroit Lions re-sign Chris Houston

Lions re-sign CB Chris Houston to a 5 year contract for $25 million.

42 starts 8 picks 37 PBU
in Detroit
Houston is a 7 year man out of Arkansas with 87 games of NFL experience. He ranked 21st by pro Football Focus. He gave 3 touchdowns and committed 5 penalities in 2012. He had a great 1st half and poor 2nd half. Still a great move for Detroit.

Here is a contract breakdown from
2013 - $1 million ($2.3 million salary cap)
2014 - $3.5 million ($4.8 million salary cap)
2015 - $4.5 million ($5.8 million salary cap)
2016 - $4.5 million ($5.8 million salary cap)
2017 - $5.0 million ($6.3 million salary cap)

Welcome back to Detroit Slow Grind

Detroit Lions sign Reggie Bush, Glover Quin, Jason Jones

Busy day at Allen Park.

Lions sign Reggie Bush 4 years. He ranked #47 in pff rankings. He struggled in blocking and had 4 fumbles.

A 8 year man out of USC he amassed 6892 yards from scrimmage and 44 td.

He also has 7696 return yards. Great addition to the offense.

Welcome to Detroit

Contract breakdown by Mlive
2013 - $1 million ($2 million salary cap)
2014 - $3.5 million ($4.5 million salary cap)
2015 - $3.25 million; $250,000 roster bonus ($4.5 million salary cap)
2016 - $3.75 million; $250,000 roster bonus ($5.0 million salary cap)

Lions sign Safety Glover Quin for 5 years. Quin ranked #29 in PFF rankings. Better in the run game than coverage. He gave up 6 tds in 2012.

59 starts 5 picks 48 pd 

Quin is a 5th year man out of New Mexico. He has played both CB and S in Houston. he will start opposite of Don Carey in Detroit taking the place of Louis Delmas.

Lions sign DT Jason Jones from Seattle for 3 years. He ranked #27 in PFF rankings. Very effective in the pass rush. 4 sacks 18 total hurries. Contract: 3 years $9.5 mil $2.5 mil guaranteed.

61 games 31 starts
18.5 sacks 7 FF

Jones is a 6 year man from EMU and Lathrup. We will help on the d-line rotation with Suh, Nick and Saddler-McQueen.

Welcome back to Detroit

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Detroit Lions re-sign Amari Spievey and Kassim Osgood Lose Gosder Cherlius

Lions re-sign S Amari Spievey to a 1 year deal. A 3rd round pick in his 4th year has concussions issues.

Spievey has 25 starts
5 int 142 tackles

Lions re-sign wr Kassim Osgood. This is his 2nd year in Detroit. He played all 16 games on special teams and made 7 tackles.

Back for a 2nd year

Detroit Lions lose OT Gosder Cherlius to the Colts. He signed a 5 year contract $34 million $10 million guaranteed to play right tackle in Indy.

Cherlius started 71 games.
His record was 17-54 in those games.
Cherlius was the last 1st round pick of Matt Millen and a member of the 0-16 team,

Friday, March 8, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview WR Mark Harrison

Broke down three films (Cinncinati, Louisville, Arkansas)on Rutgers WR Mark Harrison. This guy is a stud. A poor mans Calvin Johnson. He even wears #81.

Combine 6030 231 4.46 17 reps 38.5 Vj 1009 broad 4.33 20 6.99 l

Strengths: Big and fast. Can snatch the ball with his hands. Can run after the catch for long plays.

Weaknesses: played for a run offense. Needs experience.

Bottom Line: This guy would be a steal in the 2nd. I cannot believe he has flown under the radar this long. I rate him 7 impact starter as rookie.

Detroit Lions draft preview LB Arthur Brown

Broke down 3 films (Oklahoma, Oregon, Miami) on Kansas State OLB Arthur Brown a transfer from Miami.
 6000 241  2012 100t 2int

Strengths: can run and close on ball carriers. Good tackler and can take on the iso block. Has some ability to blitz. Will hit and strip the ball.

Weaknesses: small guy. Not good in zone coverage. Probably has to outside for Lions.

Bottom Line: not a slam dunk starter. Floor is an active special teamer and backup LB. Has potential
To start at OLB.  He should be a 4 th roun pick. I rate him 6.2 special teams guy with starter potiential.

Detroit Lions draft preview: Combine 40 vs. the Pro day 40

Pro day season is heating up and headlines of players performance are blowing up. Lets take a look on why the pro day 40 is almost always better than the combine 40.

Ways to time speed:

1. Slowest and most accurate fully automated time (FAT). Used in major track competitions like the State meet in Michigan. It is estimated to be about .20 to .24 slower that hand timed. Almost no one uses this method at football workouts.

2. The combine: 2 hand times plus an one with a hand timed start and electronic finish. This estimated about .1 slower than hand timed.

3. Hand timed. Most prodays are hand timed.

Other factors:

1. Fast track. Some surfaces are faster than others. A track is faster than turf. Some turf field are faster than others. Turf is faster than grass.

2. Amount of testing. Some athletes just test the 40 on their pro day. The combine usually takes thru a menu of tests and interviews.

3. Comfort: No place like home.

Here are some examples:

Calhoun runs 4.6 for the Lions
Wisconsin is a very fast track. In 2006 Lions 3rd round bust RB Brian Calhoun ran a 4.59 and 4.62 at the combine. At his pro day less than two weeks later, Gil Brandt reported Calhoun ran a 4.38. After watching him fail in the NFL, it is safe to say he probably was closer to the 4.6 timed at the combine.

Running back Montee Ball ran a 4.66 40 at the combine. In less than two weeks he ran 4.49 at his pro day. I will grade Ball as a 4.66.

Penn State:

Derrick Williams and his 4.65 speed
Lions third round bust WR Derrick Williams in 2009 ran a 4.65 at the combine claiming he had the flu. At his pro day, he ran 4.47. On NFL game days for three years he ran a 4.65.


CB Josh Johnson ran 4.65 at the combine less tha a week later he ran 4.55 at Purdue.

Bottom line: Add about .1 to any 40 hand timed at a pro day and you will get the players combine time. You can then compare apples to apples.

Detroit Lions Workout Damontre Moore

Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek worked out DE Damontre Moore of Texas A&M at his pro day today. Moore dinged up his leg and limped throughout the workout. He did bench 225 19 times to improve on 12 from the combine. He is not a great fit for the Lions at DE and should play in the 3-4.

I rate him at 6.8 steady performer in the right scheme.

Kocurek in College Station today.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Detroit Lions re-sign LB DeAndre Levy

Detroit Lions re-signed OLB DeAndre Levy to 3 year deal $9.75 mil with 3 mil guaranteed. This means Levy remain as a the starter at ROLB for now. He has been one of the worst players at his position in the NFL since moving outside. Hopefully Levy will improve his play as in 2012 he gave 3 td in coverage, missed 13 tackles and had 10 bad plays.

Just for the record Levy's rankings by Pro Football Focus:

2012 41 out of 43
2011 35 out of 45 (Blog fav Ernie Sims 44 of 45)
Levy has played 57 games for Detroit
308 tackles 5 ints 5 FR
Welcome back to Detroit

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Detroit Lions draft preview CB Desmond Trufant

Broke down 4 films (Stanford, Oregon, Boise, Utah) plus Senior Bowl work on Washington CB Desmond Trufant. I like this guy a lot. He has the skill set to play man in the league.

Combine: 5111 190 4.38 16reps 3.85 20 37.5 Vj
2012 36t 1 int

Strengths: can cover. The best man cover guy in the draft. Has the swagger and speed to play at a high level.  Turns his head and locates the football.

Weaknesses: Not a great tackler. Does not play a lot of zone. Has to learn about the 5 yard bump rule in the NFL.

Bottom line If this guy is there in the 2nd round he has to be in mix. He would be an impact player for the Lions. 7 rating impact starter.