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First-Round CB Prospects: Pros and Cons

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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…)

Haloti Ngata to the Lions: Snap Reaction

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jeff Risdon

Just as the free agency signing period opened on Tuesday afternoon, the Lions preempted the action by swinging a big trade. (more…)

Open Letter to Dolphins Fans on Suh

Monday, March 9th, 2015


Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Jeff Risdon

Congratulations, Miami fans! You have landed the preeminent free agent of the century thus far in Ndamukong Suh. From a Lions scribe who has watched every snap the fantastic defensive tackle has ever played–most several times–here is a little breakdown on what exactly you are getting for the reported six years and $114M, at least $60M of which is guaranteed.

You are getting an interior dynamo. Ndamukong Suh will be the primary focus of the opposing blocking scheme on every snap he’s on the field. Offenses have to account for his alignment, and he’s always been good in Detroit at making subtle pre-snap adjustments to change the angle or alter the OL coordination. Very few teams have ever successfully handled Suh with just one blocker for more than a handful of snaps. (more…)

No Tag for Suh: What it Means

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Photo from Getty Images

Photo from Getty Images


Jeff Risdon, @JeffRisdon

Hours before the 4 p.m. deadline on March 2nd, the Detroit Lions announced they are not going to use the franchise tag designation on star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Doing so would have locked up Suh for one year at an eye-popping $26.8M, with the exact same process setting up for next year.

General Manager Martin Mayhew opted to stop the madness. Prudence trumped desperation. (more…)

Lions Combine Gleanings

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Jeff Risdon

I’m in Indy for the weekend, hanging primarily in the lobby of the JW Marriott, which is the home base hotel for the 2015 NFL Combine. Here are a few things I’ve been able to gather about the Detroit Lions in my first 24 hours here. (more…)

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