- On Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press published his second NFL mock draft of the year. This time, he has the Detroit Lions selecting Michigan Wolverine defensive tackle Maurice Hurst at 20 overall, saying, “Hurst’s heart scare at the NFL combine could have him slipping in the draft, and he’d fit a more immediate—and bigger—need on the Lions’ defense.”
- Speaking of Hurst and his medical scare, it appears the big defensive tackle may be healthy enough to perform at his Pro Day this week:
- Wondering what the Lions’ depth chart looks like? Erik Schlitt of Lions Wire has what he calls a “roster stack” categorizing each player on the roster by their likelihood of making the team and importance of their role. (Note: The article was published before the Luke Willson and Sylvester Williams signings.)
- Justin Rogers of the Detroit News has some specific contract details from the Lions’ earlier signings:
Zach Zenner's contract has a $750K base, 50K workout bonus and $15,625 per game bonuses. That's a $925K cap hit based on 2017 stats. There are no guarantees, although the workout bonus might has well be one.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 21, 2018
LeGarrette Blount's contract carries $2.5 million in bonus potential for TDs , yards and playing time, but they're all considered not likely to be earned. He rushed for 766 yards and two TDs, playing 31.3% of snaps in 2017. Benchmarks are higher than those.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 21, 2018
Finally, LB Christian Jones carries a $2.475M cap hit in 2018. ($1.05M base, prorated portion of his $1.75M signing bonus, $18.75K per game bonus and $250K workout bonus).— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 21, 2018
- As we pointed out on Wednesday, the Lions sent a ton of executives to Georgia’s Pro Day. Coincidentally, Ash Thompson of Detroit Jock City published a seven-round mock draft a few days ago, and has the Lions selecting Georgia Bulldogs with their first two picks.
- Eric Ebron and Detroit Lions fans are still at each other’s throats in Instagram comments:
- If you’re wondering how new Lions tight end Luke Willson fares as a blocker, our friends at Field Gulls has two different film breakdowns of that aspect of his game.
- The NFL competition committee’s proposal for the new catch rules leaked on Wednesday, and they’re pretty much the exact same but without the “going to the ground” stipulations: