New Mexico Bowl – Prospect Preview

December 19th, 2013

Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

This season’s slew of bowl games opens with a matchup of two teams who hovered around .500, but will look to finish their season off the right way in Colorado State and Washington State.  A high-scoring affair is surely in order.  Colorado State and Washington State’s scoring offenses rank 28th and 60th in the country respectively.  On the other side, their scoring defenses rank 78th and 91st respectively.  Amidst all the points, there will be numerous prospects who project to be drafted in May. Read the rest of this entry »


Five Potential Replacements for Jim Schwartz

December 18th, 2013

Brian Billick has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, something no coach has ever done in Detroit (Photo from SI.com)

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Fire Schwartz! That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment across the Mitten State after Monday night’s disaster. Most everyone expects the Ford family to engage the killswitch on the embattled coach once the season ends, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that Schwartz is out.

The Lions still have more realistic playoff chances than the bitter, fatigued fan base realizes. Of course those aspirations revolve on the Lions winning against the Giants and Vikings over the last two weeks, which is (rightly) the source of the pessimism. Read the rest of this entry »


Lions vs. Ravens: Six Hidden Matchups

December 16th, 2013

Will Jonte Green keep his head in his first extended action of 2013? And thank goodness that SIlva guy is gone!

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

I set up several under the radar matchups last week against the Eagles and while I missed the biggest one (Everyone vs. the Weather), I totally nailed Gunther Cunningham’s adjustments, the Secondary embarrassing themselves, and Matthew Stafford’s mistakes.  Hooray for me!

Unfortunately, those are things I had rather hoped the team would come out on the winning side on, and instead we ended up witnessing a team not only fail at pretty much everything for 30 minutes straight, but do so in pretty epic fashion.  With a Bears and Packers victory, the path to the Playoffs for the Lions isn’t as clear and they come into Monday Night Football without any kind of cushion and three must wins ahead of them.  Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Trail Notes

December 14th, 2013

 

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

On Friday the 13th I got the chance to have an extended conversation with an area scout for a NFC team. Here is some of what we talked about. Read the rest of this entry »


Draft Matchup: Jason Verrett vs. Antwan Goodley

December 12th, 2013

Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

The Big 12 is a hotbed of quality cornerback vs. wide receiver matchup in terms of draft prospects.  Baylor’s showdown with TCU fit the bill.  One of the most talented cornerbacks in the country squared off against the best passing offense in the FBS in terms of yards per attempt.  TCU’s Jason Verrett went toe to toe with Baylor best receiver, junior Antwan Goodley. Read the rest of this entry »


The Lions and Coaching Purgatory

December 9th, 2013

Justin Simon, DLD Writer

Are the Lions for real? That’s the question everyone seems to be asking themselves this season. Everyone from local and national media, to fans, and everyone in between can’t seem to figure out why the Lions aren’t better than their record would indicate.

They have by far the most talented roster we’ve seen in the last decade. The offense is lead by a more than capable quarterback in Matthew Stafford. They have the best wide receiver in the game in Calvin Johnson. And they finally look to have a dynamic run game with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. On the other side of the ball, the defense is also not short of talent. Everyone knows about Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on the defensive line. Linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy are both playing at near Pro Bowl levels. The Lions have their best pair of safeties I’ve ever seen in Louis Delmas and Glover Quin. So what am I missing? Read the rest of this entry »






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