Notable Week One Performances

September 6th, 2013

You’ll be hearing a lot about Khalil Mack this draft season (Photo courtesy

Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

These prospects are ones who caught my eye through either my perusing of live games over the weekend slate or my studying of games this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Hidden Matchups in the Lions Opener against Minnesota

September 5th, 2013

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

You’ve probably already seen the matchups you expected to.  Reggie Bush vs. the Vikings Linebackers.  Suh/Fairley vs. the Vikes Oline.  Hey, we’ve even got the annual smack talk between Jared Allen and whichever Lion is playing LT (Riley Reiff takes Jeff Backus’ old spot).  Those matchups are all good, and will surely be front and center during the Lions’ season opener.  Since you’ve already heard all of those, however, I’m going to point to a few matchups that we will also see in all its football glory, but maybe aren’t what you’d expect to be looking for.  Some of them I am surprised I haven’t seen mentioned more often, but all of them could have game changing implications not only for the outcome of this one game; but also for the outcome of the season if the team continues to win these battles.  They may be a little fringe, but they’re important nonetheless. Read the rest of this entry »

Get to Know Him: Chuckie Keeton

September 4th, 2013

Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton (Photo from

Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

As an 18 year old kid in his first start in big-time college football, Chuckie Keeton marched his team down the field late in the fourth quarter to extend Utah State’s lead to ten points. In front of 87,000 screaming fans at the home of the defending national champions, Chuckie Keeton did all he could to put his team in position to pull off a massive upset. The Auburn Tigers took advantage of some overly conservative defense and a recovered onside kick to mount a comeback with only 3:38 remaining. Just like that, what should have been a legendary moment on the resume of Chuckie Keeton was a disappointing collapse on the biggest stage Utah State football would have for some time. Read the rest of this entry »

Scouting Notebook: Nebraska vs. Wyoming

September 2nd, 2013

The Cowboys put a real scare into the Lincoln faithful (logo from

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Both teams opened their 2013 season in Lincoln. The host Cornhuskers held off a game challenge from the Cowboys of the Mountain West, prevailing 37-34. It was 93 degrees and humid at kickoff in front of a sellout crowd of over 91,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Cut Day Open Thread

August 31st, 2013

Corey Fuller was among the first cuts announced (Photo courtesy Detroit Lions)

Jeff Risdon

The Lions will cut 22 players today to get to the 53-man limit before the 6 PM deadline. I will monitor the transactions wire and post the cuts as they come here, along with my reaction if one is merited.
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Vanderbilt/Ole Miss Primer

August 29th, 2013

Donte Monrief is someone Lions fans should watch closely this season (Photo courtesy

Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

Don’t turn your dials at the conclusion of North Carolina and South Carolina, because the Vanderbilt and Ole Miss matchup has NFL talent on display and is sure to produce some fireworks.  These two squared off last season in Oxford, with Vanderbilt scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final minute to escape with a 27-26 victory.  The Commodores overcame a 17 point deficit in the second half to top Ole Miss in that November bout.  Both dark horse SEC teams will look to get their 2013 campaigns off on the right foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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