I've been an out-of-market Lions fan for 26 years (thanks dad). Being out of market means that I usually get news about what happened on Sunday instead of what happens Monday through Saturday. This site has been a great way of filling the gap. Thanks for doing it.
Like you all, I'm pretty excited about the direction of the Lions. Most notably, I think we have a bunch of guys that care to be good football players. This is a stark contrast to many of the clowns we've brought in the past 10 years or so. A good "culture" or "chemistry" is especially important when developing players. A bad culture breeds Mike Williams and Charles Rogers. A good culture breeds guys like... oh I don't know, pick anyone on BAL, PIT, IND, NE. Do they draft better than us? Probably. But more importantly, I think they get their draft picks to maximize talent. Which Suh would you rather have - the one that plays along side Redding and Rogers or the one that plays along side KVB? I'm pretty sure the latter will turn out to be a better pro.
There are probably a lot more names that belong here but:
Guys that really care:
Stafford - Cleveland game was enough for most of us last year. He seems to be a true leader. I think his football skills will improve along with the team.
Kevin Smith - I like him because he said the 2008 team had high school talent. At least he calls a spade a spade. Roy Williams still thinks Roy Williams is the best WR in the game.
KVB and C. Williams - I read the "working out together" post - first, because they were working out, which Cory Redding never did, and second, because they seem concerned with winning, which is nice. I have never seen a complete defensive line in Honolulu Blue.
Suh - I believe he will be one of the hardest working #2 overall picks. (Side Note, Stafford really surprised me with his work ethic, I misjudged him from my recliner). Not exactly what I expect out of him, but I think being an important piece on a good defensive line will be good enough for me.
Delmas - Had never heard of him before he was announced as our pick last year. Seems like a great leader.
Follet - Crazy is good with me.
Sammie Lee Hill - I met Gunther before the @GB game last year, and he told me that the defense only had a few "NFL players" - he specifically named SLH and Delmas.
Ryan Sims - This guy seems way too happy to be on our team. Glad to have him.
Who else belongs on this list? I left CJ out because I don't really think of him as a vocal leader. Certainly leads by example. Maybe I'm wrong too - I have a limited attention span. But who else really cares about winning / will make everyone else around him a better player?