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The Mr. Irrelevant Challenge

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

For the second year, Detroit Lions Draft is proud to offer you a chance to win a really cool prize if you can do one thing successfully: predict which player will be Mr. Irrelevant in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Arizona Cardinals hold the 256th and final pick in the draft. If you can correctly forecast which player they will select with that pick, you win your choice of a $50 iTunes/Google Play gift card or a $50 Eastbay gift card! (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…)


Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Photo by Jeff Risdon

Photo by Jeff Risdon

Jeff Risdon

Tuesday morning’s weigh-in kicked off the Senior Bowl festivities. It’s one of the oddest things you’ll ever see.

Picture a ballroom filled with about 1500 men. They are gazing up at a stage where young men parade in front of them wearing nothing but Under Armour underwear to get weighed and measured. That’s how I spent my morning. (more…)


10 Things I’ve Learned from Shrine Game Practices

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Photo by Jeff Risdon

Photo by Jeff Risdon

Jeff Risdon

 

I’ve been at every minute of the first three days of practices here in St. Petersburg, watching as many of the players in as much detail as possible. Here are 10 of the things I have taken away so far… (more…)






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