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Notes: Lions DB coach Aubrey Pleasant makes ‘NFL head coaching candidates to watch’ list

The Lions DB coach is getting some love from national outlets.

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NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero produces a yearly article listing the up-and-coming coaches that could earn a head coaching job sometime in the future. His lists have been impressively accurate, as Pelissero notes in this year’s version of his list.

“And in the previous four cycles, over half of all head-coaching hires (14 of 27) came from that year’s edition of this list,” Pelissero wrote this week.

In this year’s list, which features 13 main coaches and nearly 60 “others to watch,” Detroit Lions defensive back coach Aubrey Pleasant gets a shoutout in the latter list. Pelissero doesn’t go into detail about Pleasant, but it’s a nice honor for the young coach.

Pleasant was dealt a tough hand in Detroit, as the Lions have had to start several inexperienced cornerbacks due to injury. However, undrafted rookies like Jerry Jacobs, AJ Parker and Mark Gilbert have all held their own and played with confidence despite limited experience.

“(Pleasant’s) been great and it was one of the reasons that we wanted him here,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said on Wednesday. “He’s always been able to develop young talent. I brought it up when we hired him, he’s developed a lot of young talent, guys that nobody’s ever heard of, but then he’s also been able to take some of these really elite guys like (Jalen) Ramsey and (Aqib) Talib and those guys and get some of the most productive years out of those guys as well.”

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