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Quandre Diggs: Breaking Down Detroit’s Sixth-Round Pick

Monday, 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)

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)

Jeff Risdon

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. (more…)


Friday Lions Draft Thoughts

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Jeff Risdon

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. (more…)


Final Lions Pre-Draft Thoughts

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Jeff Risdon

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. (more…)


Sunday Draft Thoughts

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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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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First-Round CB Prospects: Pros and Cons

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Jeff Risdon

Earlier we looked at the offensive tackles the Detroit Lions might consider with the #23 pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. This time the focus is on the other most likely position for Detroit to look with the pick, cornerback.

As with the tackles, there are a wide variety of choices. Each has his own positives and negatives. Here they are, in alphabetical order. (more…)


First-Round OL Prospects: Pros and Cons

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Kim Klement, USA Today

Kim Klement, USA Today

Jeff Risdon

Many people believe the Detroit Lions will take an offensive lineman with the 23rd pick in the first round. At minimum, it’s a distinct possibility.

There are several candidates in play, and each offers something unique. Here’s the pitch for and against those candidates. They are listed in alphabetical order. I omitted Iowa guard Brandon Scherff, who will absolutely not be available at 23.  (more…)






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