For the second time in three years, the Detroit Lions are making some significant changes to their scouting department. We already knew that Director of Pro Scouting Brendan Prophett was on his way out (he also accepted a job with the Giants already). On Saturday, the Lions announced a full shakeup of that department:
The @Lions announced today the following updates to the team's player personnel staff.— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) May 11, 2019
Dave Sears - Director of College Scouting
Rob Lohman - Director of Pro Scouting
Justin Licker - Pro Scout
Noor Davis - Scouting Assistant
Jordan Martin - Scouting Assistant
Dave Sears and Rob Lohman were both promoted from within. Sears served as the team’s assistant director of college scouting for the past two seasons, but has been part of the organization since 2007, first starting as a regional scout.
Lohman similarly was promoted from an assistant director position on the pro scouting side, where he served for the past three seasons. Noor Davis and Jordan Martin were new hires, while Justin Licker was promoted from scouting assistant to pro scout.
Back in 2017, the Lions made a pretty significant shakeup with their scouting staff, most notably promoting Kyle O’Brien to Vice President of Player Personnel.
- More contract details are out for Ezekiel Ansah’s one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks:
The base value of Ziggy Ansah's one year deal with the Seahawks is $9M ($3.5M-signing bonus, $2.5M-fully GTD base salary; $1.5M-53 man roster bonuses; $1.5M-46 man roster bonuses). Ansah's salary cap number is $7.875M.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 13, 2019
- If you want more Ansah analysis, I joined the Field Gulls podcast over the weekend to recap his time in Detroit and explain what Seattle is getting.
- Pro Football Focus ranked the top 10 receivers from 2018 in contested catch percentage. Kenny Golladay cracked the list at No. 7:
WR Kenny Golladay (@kgxix) comes in at No. 7 with a 56.7% catch rate on contested catches in 2018, the second straight season a #Lions WR makes the top-10 list (Marvin Jones in 2017, 51.4%)https://t.co/ca8Ybrv955— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) May 13, 2019
- In Peter King’s latest power rankings, the Detroit Lions came in at... hold on, scrolling.... still scrolling... scrooooooooooling... oh, 27th.
- The Lions started installation on their new turf over the weekend:
- Matthew Stafford an under-the-radar MVP candidate for 2019? Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report thinks so.