Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Detroit Lions at Pro Days and visits as of April 26


In a big change, The Lions have been active on the pro day circuit this March and April.

Here are some of the places the Lions have sent representatives:

Nebraska (D-Line) Met with Vincent Valentine
Auburn (D-backs) met with Jon Jones and Blake Countess
Minnesota
Texas Tech (O-Line)
Ohio State met with Tyrus Powell
Marshall (RB)
Oregon
Mississippi State
Illinois
Northwestern
Clemson (Newmark)
Wisconsin (LB)
Oklahoma
Alabama (Dline)
Kentucky
Sacramento State
Cincinnati (WR) Met with Johnny Holton
Rutgers Met with LB Quintin Gause
LSU (O-Line)
Toledo (DB)
UCLA
Georgia (DLine)
MSU
Baylor
Boston College met with S Justin Simmons
San Jose State (Jim Bob Cooter) RB Tyler Ervin
Stanford (Jim Bob Cooter) Te Austin Hooper
Cal (Jim Bob Cooter) Worked out WR Trevor Davis
Michigan (D Backs) Met with LB Desmond Morgan, QB Jake Rudock And EMU RB Darius Jackson
LA Tech (D-Line) Vernon Butler, Jeff Driskel
Northern Iowa (D-Back)
Texas (D-Line)
Kansas State (OLine)
Samford (Dbacks)
Illinois State (RB) Marshaun Coprich
Florida (Dline) Jon Bullard
Temple (DBacks)
UMASS QB Blake Frohnappel
USC LB Sua Cravens
Houston
Texas San Antonio (TE) David Morgan
Texas State
Ole Miss (Jim Bob Cooter, Lance Newmark) LaQuan Treadwell and CJ Johnson
BYU (OLINE) OG Ryker Mathews
North Carolina Central (DBacks) Ryan Smith
Florida State
South Carolina (RB) (TE) Brandon Wilds, Jerrell Adams
Miami
Maryland (Dbacks) Sean Davis
Notre Dame (Quinn, Caldwell, Prince, Williams) Stanley, Martin
Florida Atlantic DT Trevon Coley
Boise State (Bob Quinn)
Liberty (QB) Josh Woodrum
West Virginia (DBacks) Karl Joseph
Texas A&M (Dbacks) Brandon Williams
Georgia Southern (DBacks) Antonio Glover
NC State (DBacks)
Indiana
Southern Utah (Dbacks)
MTSU (Dbacks) Kevin Byard

Visits/Workouts
QB Jake Rudock Michigan
QB Kevin Hogan Stanford
QB Cody Kessler USC

RB Darius Jackson EMU

OC Jack Allen MSU
OG Alex  Huettel BGSU
OG Donovan Clark MSU
OT Jack Conklin MSU
OT Jason Spriggs Indiana
OT Caleb Benenoch UCLA
OT Jerrell Hawkins LSU
OT Shonn Coleman Auburn
OT Germain Ofedi Texas A&M
OT Taylor Decker OSU
OT Chase Farris OSU
OT David Hedelin Purdue
OT Alex Lewis Nebraska
OT Clay DeBord Eastern Washington

WR Corey Coleman Baylor
WR Aaron Burbridge MSU
WR Jay Lee Baylor

TE Adam Fuehne Southern Illinois
TE Ryan O'Malley Penn

DT Greg Milhouse Campbell
DT Jarran Reed Alabama
DT Vernon Butler La Tech
DT Antawn Robinson Alabama
DT Jon Bullard Florida

DE Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State
DE Shaq Lawson Clemson
DE Kevin Dodd Clemson

LB Sua Cravens USC
LB Jordan Jenkins UGA
LB Deion Jones LSU
LB Lamar Louis LSU

CB Kendall Fuller Va Tech
CB Sean Davis Maryland
CB Xavien Howard Baylor
CB Eli Apple Ohio State
CB Anthony Brown Purdue
CB Mackensie Alexander Clemson
CB Ryan Smith NCC
CB Daryl Worley WVU
CB Taz Calhoun Mississippi State

S Jayron Kearse Clemson
S Justin Simmons Boston College
S  Vonn Bell Ohio State
S Sean Davis Maryland
S TJ Green Clemson
$ Key Russell Notre Dame
S Sharrod Neasman FAU
S KJ Dillion WVU

P Taylor Symmank Texas Tech
LS Garrett Griffin Air Force

Pro Day Meetings
QB Josh Woodrum Liberty
QB Blake Florhappel UMASS
QB Jeff Driskel La Tech
QB Brandon Allen Arkansas
RB Maurice Coprisch Illinois State
RB Tyler Ervin SJSU
RB Brandon Wilds South Carolina
Wr Trevor Davis Cal
WR Johnny Holton Cincinnati
WR LeQuon Treadwell Ole Miss
WR Chris Moore Cincinnati
Te Austin Hooper Stanford
Te Jerrell Adams South Carolina
TE David Morgan UTSA
OT Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame
OC Nick Martin Notre Dame
OG Ryker Mathews BYU

DT Vincent Valentine Nebraska
DE Trevor Coley FAU
DT Andrew Billings Baylor
LB CJ Johnson Ole Miss
LB Desmond Morgan Michigan
LB Quetin Gause Rutgers
CB Brandon Williams Texas A&M
CB Jon Jones Auburn
S Blake Countess Auburn
S Tyrus Powell Ohio State
S Antonio Glover Ga Southern
S Karl Joseph WVU
S Kevin Byard MTSU

Combine/All-star game Meetings
WR Brandon Addison Oregon
LB Benquez Brown Miss State
S Jeremy Cash Duke
OG Joe Dahl Wash State
WR Josh Dotcston TCU
DE Matt Judon GVSU
DE Luther Maddy Va Tech
LB Jaylon Smith Notre Dame
DT Robert Ndemkiche Ole Miss
LB Reggie Ragland Alabama
OT Cole TOner Harvard
OG Seb Tretola Arkansas
FB Dan Vitale Northwestern
RB Jon Williams Arkansas
DE Anthony Zettel PSU

Local Workout
LB Joe Bolden Michigan
OC Graham Glascow Michigan
DE Matt Judon GVSU
S Leviticus Payne Cinn
LB James Ross Michigan
S Jarrod Wilson Michigan
TE Ben McCord CMU










Monday, March 14, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Preview Offensive Tackles


Here is my take on the tackles

My order:
1. Laremy Tunsil Ole Miss 7.5
2. Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame 7.0
3. Jack Conklin MSU 6.8
4. Jason Spriggs Indiana 6.8
5. Taylor Decker OSU 6.5
6. Germaine Ifedi Texas A&M 6.5

Analysis:
Tunsil is a no brainer. Big guy, Moves well. Top Pick

Stanley love his tape. Moves well. Excellent foot work. Tested poorly.
His 3 Cone drill was 8.03. This makes me nervous. He might slid to the 16th pick.

Here are some other tackles:
Riley Reiff 8.02
Jeff Backus 8.03
Joe Thomas 4.88
Russell Okung 8.09
Jason Peters 7.7
Tyron Smith 7.47
Trent Williams 4.63

Conklin 7.63
Spriggs 7.7
Decker 7.7

Conklin and Spriggs are similiar. I gave the nod to Conklin because he has more polish. Both are left tackles.

Ifedi and Decker are both right tackles. Ifedi has long arms 36"

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Detroit Lions Free agents Signings as of June 19


Lions have signed the following players:

Orson Charles TE 5th year

29 games 6 starts
9 rec 109 yards
Big blocking TE. Has some NFL experience. Insurance in the fall.

Andre Roberts Wr 7th year

Roberts has 87 games 39 starts
229 rec 2711 yards 13 td
Quick veteran who flamed out in Washington. Has a shot to make the roster.

Damien Copeland WR 3rd Year
5110 184 4.47 12 40 1000 3.9 6.53

Copeland has never appeared in an NFL game
34 games 116 rec 1521 yards 7td
at Louisville
Quick guy who has been hurt his whole career.

LB Jon Bostic 4th year

40 games 18 starts
143 tackles 1 pick 2 sacks
What he can do:

A veteran with speed. A 2nd round pick in 2014. Can play the weakside and special teams.

WR Andre Caldwell 9th year


105 games 18 starts
256 rec 1509 yards 11td
What he can do:

Veteran with a super bowl ring. Can play in the slot and return kicks. Will contend for the 5th WR spot.

LB Zaviar Gooden 4th year

24 games 3 starts
36 tackles
What he can do:

Athlete when healthy. A 3rd round pick by the Titans in 2013. Has not produced ti that status. Could push for a roster spot.

TE Matthew Mulligan 9th year

Mulligan 81 games 31 starts
17 rec 162 yards 2 td
What he can do:

Solid blocking TE. Strong guy.

DE Wallace Gilberry 10th year

Gilberry 115 games 22 starts
176 tackles 31.5 sacks 
What He can do:
Solid NFL rotational end. Give insurance just in case the draft does not net an end.

RB Steven Ridley 6th year

Ridley 60 games 26 starts
685/2907/22 rush
27/144/0 rec
What he can do:

A solid NFL RB before a ACL/MCL injury in 2014. Can grind between the tackles and add a veteran and wining presence.

Analysis:

Another no-risk signing by Quinn. If he has some gas left he can be a piece of the running back rotation.

OG Geoff Schwartz 7th year

Schwartz 74 games 39 starts
What he can do:
A solid NFL guard when healthy. The Lions are taking a flier on this guy.

Analysis:
Could be a solid veteran if he can play Right tackle or back up the injury prone Wafrod.

CB Darrin Walls 6th year

Walls 54 games 16 starts
75 tackles 22 PBU 3 int
What he can do:
A good 3rd outside CB. Has starting experience and size.

Analysis:
The Patriots believe you can never have enough cover guys. This signing gives the Lions more depth at CB

WR Jeremy Kerley 6th year

Kerley 74 games 24 starts
182 rec 2225 yards 9td
134 pr 1250 yards 1td
What he can do:
Quick in small spaces. Good underneath receiver with solid hands. Can return punts as well. 4th receiver.

Analysis:

Solid NFL Receiver and return man. The lions still need an outside guy to compliment their corps.

WR Marvin Jones 5th year



Jones 43 games 24 starts
134 rec 1729 yards 15 td
What he can do:

A solid NFL receiver. Has a solid all around game but excels in the red zone. Jones can high point the ball.

Analysis:
A good pick up. I think the Lions will try to have a number of solid WR but not a superstar. A draft pick in this draft is in play.

S Tavon Wilson 5th year

Wilson 54 games 4 starts
69 tackles 11 PBU 5 int
What he can do:
Solid special teams player. Can play both safety and slot corner. A versatile player that Bob Quinn will value.

Analysis:
Depth guy. Could start in a pinch. I think Safety is a draftable position for the Lions.

CB Jon Bademosi 5th year

Bademosi 62 games
72 tackles 3 PBU
What he can do:
A stud special teams player. Can help out at CB. A classic 5th CB.

Analysis:
Should not impact draft plans. The Lions could use one more cover guy.

DT Stefan Charles 4th year

37 games 48 tackles 5 sacks 2 FF
What he can do.
Strong player against the run. Supplies some pass rush. a good 4th DT in the rotation.

Analysis:
Should not impact the draft however young guys like Kerry Hyder and Gabe Wright should be on alert.

S Rafael Bush 7th year

Bush 46 games 14 starts
121 tackles 8 PBU 1 int 1 FF
What he can do:
Solid NFL safety when healthy. A stop gap for the season.

Analysis:
Insurance if they cannot draft a starter at safety.

Re-signed

Tyrunn Walker 1 year

LB Tahir Whitehead
2 years

CB Crezdon Butler
1 year

DT Haloti Ngata
2 years
QB Dan Orlvosky
1 year

LS Don Muhlbach
1 year

TE Tim Wright
1 year



Friday, March 4, 2016

Detroit Lions re-sign DT Tyrunn Walker and 6 EFRA


Detroit Lions sign DT Tyrunn Walker to 1 year $1.6 million dollar contract. Walker was signed as a untendered restricted free agent from the Saints. A bidding war took place including a 2 year contract offer from New England.

Here is a tribute:

Walker started 4 games in 2015
9 tackles
Lions tender the following Exclusive rights free agents

Brandon Copeland
16 games 11 Tackles

C Braxton Cave

Wr Corey Fuller
28 games 2 starts
18 rec 288 yards 1 td


S Isaiah Johnson
6 games 2 tackles

DT Khyri Thornton
6 games 5 tackles

RB George Winn
19 games
23 carries 74 yards rushing
8 tackles