Below are some of my old Fanposts that have had their comments locked out on, or polls closed, etc due to their age. This is for me to update some older news possibly, keep track o what I've said before, and to organize everything together. I also want comments to be continued on these posts, so I'm sorry if you're comments were deleted with my old post. P.S I will change the polls regularly so we get different opinions on different topics.
Draft Post One: Midseason-
For those of you interested in the NFL Draft in general that like predicting the players as much as seeing who the Lions get, I recommend going to www.fftoolbox.com they have a great user mock draft site, and you get very good feedback from multiple users. If you're looking for a mock draft you don't have to do yourself you can use www.walterfootball.com to see realistic projections of where players will go, as they also have links to multiple other sites you can go to.
My opinion: 1st Round: Whichever DE/LB Hybrid that slips. It could be Mack who doesn't play in an elite conference, it could be Van Noy with a rising stock, it could be Barr with a poor combine or Clowney with personality and work ethic issues. Who knows? If Dee Ford finishes the rest of the process up, watch out for him as well.
Round 2: One of the multiple WRs. This is the best class of WRs to come out other than Calvin Johnson in a while, so it could be anyone from Beckham, Abbrederis, Robinson. Etc. whoever falls. Watch for somebody to rise also. Donte Moncrief would be a great number 2 Wide Receiver across from Calvin. Mark me down for him.
Round 3: Bradley Roby. Simply put it, the Lions go Best Player available and he could easily fall to the 3rd round due to his Off-Field issues. Marcus Roberson who's also a CB looks very intriguing also, assuming one of them falls. Keep an eye out for ant of the 3 Florida Corners.
4th Rounder: If Pettigrew leaves TE. If he doesn't go, then we should go Center. A Tight End who projects around here is Arthur Lynch or CJ F. from Iowa, while a Center who projects around here is Weston Richburg.
6th Rounder: LB some who project here include Prince Shembo, Denicos Allen, and Devon Kennard, I even saw something saying Adrian Hubbard in the 6th?
7th Rounder: QB. I can't stand Shaun Hill and his big contract, and Kellen Moore isn't ready to start yet. I'm not putting my money on Stafford starting the next 20 straight games either. Some QBs who project around here are Kenny Guiton, Connor Shaw and Keith Price or even James Franklin.
I know it's early, but the draft and the Lions always seem to have the phrase "something to look forward to" attached to them for me, if you don't know much about potential prospects you should start looking as mock draft season has started! If you do, or even if you don't, I would still like to know what you think. What do you think we should do when Roger Goodell goes up to the stand and says "The Detroit Lions are on the clock."?
Free Agency/Draft Post 2:
The Lions have officially hired Jim Caldwell, which could only mean one thing. After we fill the rest of our staff, it's time for the acquiring of players phase to begin! This will take a look at many different players we can get based on position.
Free Agency: There are a whole BUNCH of people at all kinds of different positions we could sign as of today! I doubt half of them are going to be available or would consider coming here, but still, we could always try, right?! So, with that, I present to you a list of Free Agents who are available this offseason before cuts and re-signings: http://nfltraderumors.co/2014-nfl-free-agents/
Out of this list, there are a lot of names I would be happy with. Here they ALL are:
Rashad Jennings (If we lose Bell), Ginn, LaFell, Hester, Decker, McCluster, Edelman, Nicks, Cooper, Tate, Boldin, Manningham, Pitta, Clark, Davis (I doubt Graham comes here), Mack, Wendell, Goodwin, De La Puente, Griffen, Tuck, Houston, Franklin, Graham, Shields, Davis, Grimes, Talib, Porter, Browner, Thurmond, Verner, Ward, Woodson, Bethea, Clark, Hauschka, Vinatierri, Gano, Dawson. If we could get ONE of ANY of these guys, it completely elimates the need of a draft pick, and frees up a pick for us to use on another player. Notice, however that there are NO OLBs that are really that good that are available. I found that interesting, as that is our 2nd biggest need this offseason.
Here is who we could lose this offseason:
QB Shaun Hill
WR Kevin Ogletree
WR Micheal Spurlock
TE Brandon Pettigrew
OT Jason Fox
OG Dylan Gandy
DE Willie Young
DE Israel Idonije
DT Andre Fluellen
LB Rocky McIntosh
CB Rashean Mathis
S Don Carey - Signed 3 Year Deal with Lions.
LS Don Muhlbach
Restricted free agents (3)
RB Joique Bell
WR Kris Durham
TE Dorin Dickerson
Exclusive-rights free agents (5)
WR Jeremy Ross
TE Matt Veldman
LB Julian Stanford
CB Chris Greenwood
I think we resign all 5 Exc. Right FAs, Dickerson, Muhlbach, Young, Fluellen, Raiola and Fox.
I also would like to see us cut Delmas and Burleson towards cap savings.
Now, we head on to my favorite part of this, the 2014 NFL Draft. When the Lions are on the clock as of January 23rd, 2014 I have us selecting: (Pick 1 per round)
1st: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson University
Mike Evans, WR, TAMU is also an option.
Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack (OLB)
Darqueze Dennard (CB)
Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (TE)
Louis Nix (NT)
Lewan, Kouandijo, Matthews, Robinson (OT)
Haha Clinton Dix (FS)
BPA WR: Adams, Cooks, Beckham Jr., Benjamin, Lee, Matthews, Landry, Coleman, Robinson.
Late Round Players include: Some from above, Jared Abbrederis, Cody Hoffman, Jeremy Gallon, Josh Huff, Mike Davis.
BPA OLB: Shazier, Van Noy, Dee Ford, Trever Reilly,Trent Murphy, Others TBD.
Late Round Players include: Attoachu (Unkown Stock), Aaron Lynch, Morgan Breslin, B. Lokumbo, Denicos Allen, Prince Shembo.
BPA OL: Travis Swanson, one of the Richardsons, David Yankey, Zach Martin, Sua' Filo.
Late Round Players include:
Anthony Steen (Unknown Stock), Seantrel Henderson, Russell Bodine, Gabe Ikard, Bryan Stork, Weston Richburg, James Hurst, Chris Burnett.
BPA TE: Whoever slips out of the 1st round if anybody. If none, then not applicable.
Late Round Players include: Arthur Lynch, C.J Fiedorowicz, AJ Pederson, Others TBD.
BPA DT: Stephon Tuitt, Ego Ferguson.
Late Round Players include: Daquan Jones, Daniel McCullers, Dominique Easley, Carraun Reid.
BPA Secondary: None in the 2nd unless Dennard, Gilbert or Clinton-Dix falls.
Late Round Players include:
Deone Buchanon, Ed Reynolds and Bradley Roby Unknown Stock, Dre Boston, Ty Zimmerman, Purifoy, Marcus Roberson, Isaiah Lewis, Deion Blue, Terrance Brooks, Antone Exum.
BPA DE: Stephon Tuitt, Kory Ealy, Trevor Reilly.
Late Round Players include:
Jackson Jeffcoat, Shilique Calhoun, Scott Crichton (Unknown stock).
BPA HB: Tre Mason If we lose Joique Bell. If we don't lose him, not applicable.
BPA QB: I say let Shaun Hill walk. This can wait till later on though, maybe an UDRFA or we can take Price.Let KM be Staffords backup.
3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, Compensatory pick: Base off order of needs and BPA from Round 2. Whichever positions we do NOT get compensatory, draft day trade pick acquisitions, etc. we can get as UDFAs.
I would like to hear your thoughts too! Please comment with your opinion on ANY of these topics, and I should get back to you within 48 hours, but hopefully 24. Thanks! Also, remember to check out my other fanpost (link above) for a best and worst-case scenario mock, my analysis on coaches, latest news from the pre-draft process, and key re-signings, trades and FA signings as well throughout the offseason. Thanks everybody! :) This will be updated periodically as well, based on current events.
Multiple Scenario Lions Mocks:
Some of these are so stupid they're funny, some of them are just funny to begin with. Some of them are well thought out and make a lot of sense, and some of them are plans that could easily change based on our new HC. Every Hater and every diehard fan should have at least one favorite on this list, and on the other hand, will probably hate one on this list. The only thing I wasn't dumb enough to do was trade Calvin, Reggie, any of our DL, or Sam Martin. Everyone else is on the table in one of these 2014 NFL Draft Scenarios, Lions Version. Alright, here we go with the actual drafts!
#1- The 1st Round Corner
2nd: A. Robinson
#2- The Targets
#3- The Needs
#4- Dominant Detroit D
#5- The Get-Out-Of-Nickel
Sign CB, Cut Delmas/Raiola/Akers/Jones/Idonije
#6- The Trade Stafford
1: Bridgewater (Stafford for 1, 2015 1 + 2nd rounder)
2nd 1: Robinson
2nd 2: Moncrief
#7- The Trade Down
1st Rounder: Clinton-Dix
2nd 1: Jean Baptisté
2nd 2: Van Noy
Sign WR (Tate or Ted Ginn?)
#8- The I-Think-Caldwell-Is-Going-To-Be-Stupid
10: Jake Matthews/Taylor Lewan (Or Any OL)
2nd Round: Crichton
3rd Round: Richburg
4th Round: HB
5th Round: (Joique walked) Boswell
6th Round: Gallon/Huff
7th Round: Cornerback
#9- The Hybrids
2nd: Trent Murphy
3rd: Hybrid DE/DT
7th: Hybrid Safety
#10- The In-State Kids
2nd: Allen Robinson
3rd: Denicos Allen
4th: Jeremy Gallon
5th: Bullough (Trade Delmas for 5th, Next year 4th)
6th: Isiah Lewis
7th: Mike Schofield
1: Sammy Watkins (Stafford for 1 and 5th Rd.)
10th: Vic Beasley
2nd: Tajh Boyd
3rd: Thomas (OG Clemson)
4th: Martavious Bryant
6th: Katanzaro (K Clemson)
7th: Darrel Smith (FB Clemson)
#12- The I-Hate-Pettigrew-Fauria-And-Williams-We-Need-A-New-TE
#13- The The-Lions-Fire-Mayhew-Too-So-We-Win-5-Super-Bowls-In-A-Row
Somewhere in RD 1: Dennard (Give up next years 1st and player)
2nd: Dee Ford
2nd Round (Bell Compensation Pick): Buchanon
4th: RB for losing Bell
UDFA: TE, ILB (3-4)
So, below comment with your most favorite, and maybe least favorite and try to explain why if possible along with questions for the author, me. Note: Since we only have 5 Million in Cap Space, I didn't do many where we sign a FA before the draft. I also tried to keep losses to a minimum as well for most of these, however every draft where a FS is taken, assume that means Delmas could be gone. The earlier the more likely.
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