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Final Lions Pre-Draft Thoughts

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

draft hat

Jeff Risdon

All the mock drafts are out now. You can find my full seven-rounder here at RealGM.

You’ve probably noticed just about every mock draft has the Lions taking a lineman. This is not a coincidence. After communicating with all sorts of people in the last few days, from beat writers to former players to agents to scouts from around the league, I think I have a pretty good feel for how Detroit’s draft will play out. (more…)

Lions Draft Roadmap

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Jeff Risdon

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us after months of projecting, speculating, and wondering. All that ends very soon, when we will all know the names of the newest Detroit Lions.

In most draft seasons, I usually have a very strong idea of what the Lions are going to do. This year, not so much.

The way I see it, from culling sources within Allen Park, agents, and other informed folks, the Lions are going to follow one of four basic roads in the draft. There are some variations within each road, but the basic path remains true.

Here are the roads the Lions are looking at travelling in the draft’s first two days. They are listed in no particular order of likelihood. (more…)

Lions Notebook: Thinking Out Loud

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

With the Jim Schwartz era mercifully over, we have entered the season of uncertainty with the Detroit Lions. Here are my takes on a few issues: (more…)

Desperate People

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Jim Schwartz is showing his desperation, a direct result of his personal failures as a coach (photo courtesy

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

The Lions have been quite active on the transaction wire in the wake of their disappointing playoff performance in Cleveland. Four new defensive players have joined the team since Thursday. (more…)

Why the Lions are not Drafting Dee Milliner

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Dee Milliner tortured the Wolverines, but don’t expect him in Detroit (photo courtesy Toledo Blade)

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

This is the time of year where far too many people fall victim to the phenomenon of groupthink. A spurious idea about a team or a draft prospect catches fire and burns up mock drafts, internet message boards, and Twitter. Often it begins innocuously enough, with a simple projection by a popular pundit positing a player to a team because the need seems to fit the talent. Somehow this gets construed as some sort of Old Testament commandment from the NFL Draft Gods, of which Mike Mayock from the NFL Network is the reigning Zeus.

For One Day, the Lions are Winners

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

GM Martin Mayhew successfully brought the intensity this week

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Wednesday shaped up as one of the most dramatic in Detroit Lions history. Martin Mayhew & Co. signed four players to just over $65M worth of total contracts, something that seemed unlikely at best and downright impossible less than a week ago because of salary cap issues.

If Wednesday doesn’t turn the opinion of the anti-Mayhew crowd, which remains way too Huge-ly irrational, those people are just hating on pure ignorant principle at this point. Mayhew has been an absolute magician in contract work, no doubt with help from President Tom Lewand and new assistant Brian Xanders.

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