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Draft This, Not That!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Ace Sanders makes for a reasonable substitution for Tavon Austin


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

I’m a big advocate of the “Eat This, Not That” series of books, which has helped me make better choices in my diet and saved me scads of calories and grams of fat when eating out in restaurants. If you’re not familiar with them, they list comparable food choices and tell you which is better for you. They also have a handy restaurant guide which tells you what to order at places like Subway or The Cheesecake Factory, though anyone who has read the book knows that eating at the Cheesecake Factory is probably not going to lead to anything positive.

The series has practical applications to the NFL Draft as well. Just as with foods, there are prospect substitutions and swaps that can save lots of value. They might not be quite as delectable or visually appealing, but in the long run they will make your team more fit for battle. Here are five healthy choices teams can make in the draft:
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Mock Draft: One Month to Go! Edition

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Eric Fisher as the Lions first round pick? I’ll take it!


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
Yes friends, we are down to just one month until the NFL Draft kicks off in New York City! I’ll be in Las Vegas for the event this year, which should give me a good gauge on the reaction from fan bases, as well as the opportunity to drink away frustrations at this being the year of the least accurate mock drafting by draftniks ever. If you can make it to Las Vegas, I’ll be happy to hang and we can catch the draft together. There will be plenty of surprises in this draft, and I took a stab at some of those here.

This edition goes out to five rounds and includes the comp picks through those rounds. I did not project trades in this one but be advised that many of the picks are more designed to match player with draft slot than team to player, particularly after the first 50 or so slots. I did less of that in this version than I typically do, for the faithful who have followed me for years now.

As always, this is an attempt to forecast what teams might do with the picks and does not necessarily represent the same choices I would make in the given situations.
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Detroit Lions Mock Draft 2.0

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Get to know the man in this picture, David Bakhtiari


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

I’m going to lay out a couple of presumptions to help stage the picks. Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Sheldon Richardson, and Star Lotulelei (not necessarily in that order) will all be off the board by the time the Lions pick at five. I actually feel boldly confident in that statement despite it still being before the Combine. This scenario also is based on my guess, and it’s just a guess, that free agents Cliff Avril, DeAndre Levy, and Louis Delmas will be back but Chris Houston, Gosder Cherilus, and Justin Durant will not. That is just my idle speculation, and anyone who advises you that they know who will be back and who will not is simply guessing at this point as well; I talked to the agent of one of those players over the weekend and he advised me he has yet to talk to ANY team about his client beyond an assurance from one team (not the Lions) that they will talk about him while at the Combine.

This reflects my personal choices and does not intend to predict what decisions the Lions staff will actually make in April.
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Ten Potential Lions from Senior Bowl Week

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Robert Alford opened the Senior Bowl with a bang


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

The Lions first round pick at #5 overall was not in Mobile. Nobody (including the Lions) knows who that player will be at this point, but it’s safe to assume none of the talent in Senior Bowl week is worthy of that lofty a draft status. But their second and third round picks, and perhaps a couple of later picks, very well could come from the Senior Bowl rosters. Here are ten players that are definitely in play for those picks.
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Senior Bowl Notebook: South Squad Day Three

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

The sun gave way to some clouds and a noticeable breeze for the afternoon session. I spent the vast majority of practice watching the offensive and defensive line contests after focusing on the defensive backs and wide receivers in individual drills.
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