DLD Editor: Jeff Risdon
Welcome to DetroitLionsDraft.com!
For those who aren’t familiar with me, a brief bio:
I’m a native of northern Ohio but grew up a Lions fan. My #20 Lions jersey says “Sims” on the back and it’s not a throwback. Chris Spielman is my football hero. I now live in Houston after spending most of the last decade living in Holland, MI.
I have been working in and around the NFL and NFL Draft for the past decade. Most of that time has been with RealGM.com, where I will continue to write my weekly $.10 and picks columns. I spent the 2009 and 2010 draft seasons as a contracted draft consultant for a NFL team (not the Lions), a job that sounds a lot more glamorous and exciting than it was in reality. I’ve been to five Combines and four Senior Bowl weeks, and I have solid contacts with several teams, agents, and college programs.
The goal here is to provide you with strong information on both the Lions and the NFL Draft, and marry the two when applicable. I will be honest to a fault; you will know my opinions of prospects and I am not afraid to go against the grain if I feel strongly about someone or something. I have been breaking down film and evaluating prospects for years, and I know what NFL teams–and the Lions specifically–are looking for in a player. As with all scouts and evaluators, I’m going to be wrong more than I prefer to be, but I’d rather be wrong than not have a defined opinion at all.
We will also break down the most recent game and preview the upcoming game, beginning with the annual Thanksgiving Day tilt this week. I have a couple of contributing writers who I am very excited to work with, and they will offer strong opinions on the games as well as in-depth reports on some draft prospects.
This site is launching at a time of real crossroads for the Lions. There is some very prominent talent that is legitimately capable of greatness, fantastic building blocks that offer genuine promise for playoff success. Yet there are also some serious problems. As many as nine starters on defense are set to hit free agency, and the Lions are heavily obligated to Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford, and Ndamukong Suh with cap figures that will necessitate tough decisions. We will explore all those options after the season. We will also look at collegians that might be able to fill some of those holes with draft picks or as undrafted free agents. You will find prospect scouting reports, breakdowns of games, and tidbits picked up from talking with various scouts, front office personnel, and other sources.
I am very pleased to be a part of the greater USA Today Sports Digital Properties group and coordinating with some truly fantastic sister sites, including NEPatriotsDraft.com and the rest of the NFL Draft Sites network.