May 4th, 2015
Texas Longhorns cornerback Quandre Diggs (6) shows he stopped Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jaz Reynolds (16) in the fourth quarter of the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, October 12, 2013. Texas upset No. 12 Oklahoma, 36-20. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)
The Detroit Lions selected Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs with the 200th overall pick, the 24th pick of the sixth round. I was in Chicago for the draft and in the Selection Square area when the pick was announced. That loud Ric Flair “Woooo” you heard was probably me.
I love this pick. Diggs was my 100th overall player and my 12th-ranked corner when I finished my evaluations of over 400 players and over 35 cornerbacks.
Diggs is a four-year starter for the Longhorns, giving him an extensive body of work to evaluate. Having lived in Texas for his first two years, I even got a chance to see him play in person twice, vs. BYU in 2011 and Oklahoma in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2015
1.Tennessee Titans: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: I was surprised he didn’t get selected in the first round, but he has a high ceiling and could develop into a superstar. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2015
General Manager Martin Mayhew continued to redeem himself in the eyes of many fans still disgruntled over the botched Ndamukong Suh situation. In Thursday night’s first round, Mayhew extracted impressive value for the 23rd overall pick, engineering a trade with the Denver Broncos to slide back.
In return for the pick, Mayhew picked up the 28th pick, fifth-round picks this year and next, and old friend Manny Ramirez. The first rounder turned into Laken Tomlinson, a hulking brainiac from Duke.
Folks, the offensive line is a lot better today than it was yesterday. Tomlinson plays with the same style as Larry Warford. In fact, they have a lot of similarities on the field, only Warford is much better on the move. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30th, 2015
All the mock drafts are out now. You can find my full seven-rounder here at RealGM.
You’ve probably noticed just about every mock draft has the Lions taking a lineman. This is not a coincidence. After communicating with all sorts of people in the last few days, from beat writers to former players to agents to scouts from around the league, I think I have a pretty good feel for how Detroit’s draft will play out. Read the rest of this entry »
April 28th, 2015
I learned this exercise from a few years ago when my second-to-last mock draft wound up being more accurate than my final mock. I had a lot more players slotted correctly but the teams didn’t match. So I figured, why not strip the team component out of the equation? After all, nearly 1/3 of all picks have been traded in the last four drafts.
This is not reflective of my draft rankings but rather trying to predict the way the draft actually unfolds. The goal is to be within 1 slot in the first 10, within 2 slots in the first 20, within 3 slots from 21-60 and within 4 slots thereafter. Read the rest of this entry »
April 26th, 2015
Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon)
The 2015 NFL Draft is four excruciatingly long days away. As I sat down to start writing my final 7-round mock draft (available at RealGM on Wed. night), I had a bunch of thoughts running through my head. Some are Lions-related, others are more general. Without further ado…
I strongly believe the Lions are taking a lineman in the first round
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