Now that it’s a week after the NFL Draft, we’ve explored many of the Detroit Lions’ rookie class as players. We’ve scoured over film, we’ve looked at statlines and athletic scores, and heard from previous coaches.
But now is also a great time to look into these players as people. Not only will the newest nine Lions represent the silver and blue on the field, but they will in the community, too. These young men may grow up to be role models, and given the philanthropic efforts of the team every year, they could change some people’s lives while in our proverbial backyard.
Thanks to Bleacher Report Gridiron’s “The Side Hustle” Instagram show, we got a nice look inside the life of Lions third-round pick Julian Okwara. There’s more to the man than just being Romeo’s brother, and he shared it through a nice little video cooking segment. Check it out:
Not only does Okwara offer up a nice and easy (and delicious-looking) chicken and peppers dinner, but he tells us some personal stories while he’s doing it. He talks about his Nigerian background and how he began cooking for himself.
- Justin Rogers of the Detroit News has a solid mailbag this week, answering questions about signing Markus Golden or Jadeveon Clowney and who he has as Detroit’s starting guards in 2020.
- Wondering how Chase Daniel’s 2020 cap hit compares to other backup quarterbacks around the league? Spotrac dropped this handy chart on Thursday:
A snapshot look at potential QB2s in 2020, & their current cap hit.— Spotrac (@spotrac) April 30, 2020
1. Jacoby Brissett, $21M
2. Marcus Mariota, $7.5M
3. Tua Tagovailoa, $5.5M pic.twitter.com/z44Kxhqvn3
- Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press looked at how cornerbacks drafted in the top five have worked out in NFL history. Is Jeff Okudah in good company? Short answer: Yes.
- Former Michigan defensive end and first-round pick Taco Charlton was released by the Dolphins on Thursday:
We have waived defensive end Taco Charlton.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 30, 2020
- Lions Wire’s Zack Moran has a nice revisiting of the Darius Slay trade now that the draft picks in the deal have been spent.
- Because I know you guys are eating up the Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers drama right now. Here’s some more:
Aaron Rodgers has said nothing publicly since the draft, but he spoke to Brett Favre -- and Brett Favre said plenty on Wednesday https://t.co/F2PoLIqGMC— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 30, 2020