April 10th, 2014
This year, Detroit Lions Draft offers a cumulative ranking for each position.
These are a combination of numerical rankings from founder/editor Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) and Lead Scout Darren Page (@DarrenPage15).
In order to make a ranking, one of the evaluators must have broken down at least three games from the 2013 season, or have enough of a prior background to offer an educated opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
April 10th, 2014
Photo courtesy Rant Sports
Prospect: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Grade: 6.11 (Grading Scale)
Measurements taken from the NFL Scouting Combine
Strengths: Well-built body type, looks the part of an NFL tackle…Above average length with 34” arms…Decently flexible in terms of knee bend…Explosive first step, quick off the ball moving backwards or forwards Read the rest of this entry »
April 9th, 2014
Darren Page @DarrenPage15
Here is a glance into my admittedly blurry (but clearing by day!) crystal ball. Disclaimer: the written explanations are not my sole rationale for why these picks could happen.
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Watt/Clowney tandem is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the NFL.
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Assuming Jake Long gets back into the lineup, the Rams can stick Robinson on the right side and have a formidable offensive line.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Are the rumors of Teddy Bridgewater falling for real? I’m not so sure.
4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Cleveland has reinforced their wide receiver corps through free agency, but lining Evans up opposite Josh Gordon will put pressure on coverage schemes.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – If you go to war with Matt Schaub, you better have a sharp sword for him. Read the rest of this entry »
April 8th, 2014
Prospect: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Height: 5’ 11.375”
Grade: 6.1 (Grading Scale)
Strengths: The first thing that anyone notices when watching Breeland is his long frame, with exceptionally long arms at 31 5/8”. Read the rest of this entry »
April 7th, 2014
New Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin (photo courtesy Ravens.com)
By Kent Lee Platte, DLD Contributor
It has been three years since Teryl Austin had his first and only shot as a Defensive Coordinator at the University of Florida. Lions fans area already aware that Austin was the Secondaries coach for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and the basic assumption is that Austin would bring some of the defensive strategies and tendencies from the Ravens to the team. That’s a fair assumption, being that it is his most recent job in football, but I feel the best method to really see what Austin likes to do as a play caller is to look at what he did when he was actually calling plays.
To delve into that, I’ve went back to the 2010 Florida Gators and taken a look not only at the types of plays he likes to call but also the tendencies he used in coverage, blitzing, and general aggressiveness against various levels of competition. In doing so, I will address some of the rumors and perceptions Lions fans have about the type of defense they should expect to see in Detroit for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
April 5th, 2014
By: Josh Keatley, DLD Contributor
When analyzing a draft class, most scouts focus on the prospects who have proven themselves against elite BCS level competition, but there are always small school players that have the potential to make waves. Small school guys are always very raw and come into the league with a chip on their shoulder. This can make them very dangerous and worth the risk, and that’s where a guy like Brandon Dixon comes into play. Read the rest of this entry »