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Lions during Free Agency

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (1)

I would say with the start of free agency March 5th, then Lion's are taking the steps in the right direction.


Free Agency Signings:


Kyle Vanden Bosch- 4 year, $26 million.


Lion's coach Jim Schwartz was at Kyle Vanden Bosch's house at 12:01 am on the eve of Free agency. By doing this it show's me Schwartz is really trying to improve, by doing whatever it takes. I like the signing of Vanden Bosch. Many people have been saying Vanden Bosch is on a decline and at the age of 31 that is understandable. But I don't really think he is. Stat-wise he didn't look as good last year as previous years but he also was injured throughout the year. Vanden Bosch may not have gotten a bunch of sacks, but if you watch any tapes at all he was a player that would clog up the line and make it hard for opposing teams to run the ball, something the Lion's lacked very much last year and something Vanden Bosch can do for the Lion's this year. He may not be Julius Peppers but he is serviceable and didn't require all the money that Peppers did.


Nate Burelson- 5 year, $25 million


Unlike some Lion's fans, I actually like this signing a lot. Yeah, it was a little bit more money than I would have liked to pay, but he it's not my money. Burelson has soon throughout his years in the league he can be a legit number 2 WR. He did it for Randy Moss and that is exactly what he will do for Calvin Johnson. Burelson for one is going to take away a lot of the double and triple coverage that Johnson had on him last year. I'm sure Pettigrew will also help at that and benefit from Burelson taking away double coverages. To have a guy who had over 800 yards last year on a horrible offense, is great with me for our number two. Obviously Bryant Johnson showed us that he can't be a number 2 WR in the NFL. The addition of Burelson will most likely make Bryant our third WR, which is where his best years came when he was in Arizona behind Fitzgerald and Boldin. I think the addition of Burelson will not only help Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew I think he will help Bryant Johnson too. I do see the Lion's at times place Burelson in the slot, like he did a lot when he played under Linehan in Minnesota.


Corey Williams- Traded 5th round pick for Williams and 7th rounder.


I really really was happy with this trade. First- We had two 5th round picks, which most of the time you won't get a starter out of, for sure not the first few years and not most likely down the road. Williams can now move back to the 4-3 defense where he excelled when he was with Green Bay. The Browns tried to switch Williams to a D End in the 3-4 but Williams is not built for that. I see Williams at age 29 helping out the Lion's D Line greatly this season and for seasons to come. If the Lion's do draft Suh or McCoy, our front 4 is going to be a scary! Having Avril, KVB, Williams and Suh/McCoy can very easily turn the Lion's horrible D into a good one. Yeah, the Lion's do have a huge hole in the secondary but with the trade for Chris Houston, they will most likely use a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a CB and other free agents, I like where the Lion's Defense is headed.


Chris Houston- Trade 6th round pick for Houston and swap of 5th rounders.


I really like this trade. Houston has only been average but he has great potential, especially with the Lion's D line causing problems this will help Houston be the starting CB he was drafted to be. The reason I really like this trade is that Houston is young and he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft and the Lion's are getting him for a 6th rounder 3 years later, I say this trade is way more favorable for us then it is for Atlanta. Pairing Houston up with someone like Kyle Wilson or Devin McCourty is going to help the Lion's secondary in a huge way. Not only do we get 2 starting CB but we get 2 YOUNG starting CB who will be very good in time.


Jonathan Wade- One year deal


I think this is a decent pickup just because we had no one at cornerbacks. I do still believe that the Lion's will take a CB in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft, hopefully they will finally find a # 1 CB for us which we haven't had forever. I can see Wade being out there as a nickle CB but I don't see him anything more than that. Wade say's he believe he can be a starter in the NFL after having 3 quiet years but I doubt that. The reason being he was bench after being a starter for the Ram's secondary. If you are benched by the Ram's when you played in the secondary last year, I don't believe you have any chance to be a starting CB with any team considering how horrible there secondary was last season.


Other FA for the Lion's to look at:


RB- Thomas Jones: SIGNED WITH THE CHIEFS.


Yeah Jones is 31 years old, but I feel the Lion's should pick up a veteran this year, letting us draft a RB in the 4th round or later and maybe using one of our early picks next year on a RB. I don't think Kevin Smith is the answer at running back for us even if he comes back okay from his injury. But once Kevin Smith comes back from his injury, having Jones and Smith as a one-two punch with Morris and Brown also in the mix, I would like that for the Lion's for the next year or two until we can find our RB of the future. Jones may be getting older but he did still run for over 1,400 yards last season.


OG- Bobbie Williams: SIGNED WITH THE BENGALS


Williams is probably one of the most underrated Guards in the NFL. He had a great season for the Bengals last year and although he is 33, he is not our long time solution just something for a year or two until we pick a young guard in the draft. I do hope Iutipi falls to us in the second round though. That guys a beast and just pushes d linemen right off the line.


CB- Marlin Jackson: SIGNED WITH THE EAGLES


Jackson has had injury problems but if he can stay healthy he would be a great addition for the Lion's who badly need help at CB. If we could sign Jackson and draft a CB in the 2nd round and let him play nickel for a year until he knows the system better this would help the Lion's secondary greatly. Most rookies have a tough time with changing from college to the pro's and usually have unproductive rookie years, but this could prevent that from happening for us.


S- O.J. Atogwe, Ryan Clark or Sean Jones: CLARK SIGNED WITH THE STEELERS.


I think any of these guys placed next to Delmas could make a huge impact for the Lion's secondary. Atogwe, was tendered very low by the Rams and he would pretty much be given away. Ryan Clark did a nice job playing opposite of Polomalu and he could do the same with playing opposite of Delmas. Sign one of these 3 and look at drafting another safety higher in the draft in a year or two.



Round 2 Coming Soon!

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (3)

I will continue my mock draft with Round Two soon!!!

Mock Draft 1.0

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM Comments comments (0)

This mock draft doesn't have any trades involved although I think there could be some trading especially within the first 10 picks; I figured I would just keep it simple without any trades.

                                     

1st Pick:

St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

     As much as I would like to see the Lion's get Suh, I don't think it's going to be happening. I feel that the Rams aren't really big on Bradford of Clausen to be the face of their franchise, although they pretty much have no one else right now. I think the Rams could possibly look at another QB with their 1st pick in the second round like Colt McCoy or Tebow, or possible the third round with Tony Pike or Dan LeFevour from Central Michigan. I think either way they are going to take a QB somewhere in the draft, but I don't believe it will be with their first round pick. I think with taking a QB later in the draft they are either going to hope Bulger can stay healthy or try to find a Veteran whether its via trade- Vick, McNabb, or the rumor has it Josh Johnson from the Bucs or via free agency- Pennington, as much as I hate to say it Culpepper. Or there is the possibility that Jason Campbell could be released which would be another option.

            

Other Options: DT: Gerald McCoy, QB: Sam Bradford, QB: Jimmy Clausen

         

   

2nd Pick:

Detroit Lions: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

     Although the Lions have many needs this season, if (which is a big if I think) they keep the 2nd pick overall, I think they will take McCoy here. I would much rather see the Lions trade down and possibly get and OT like Russel Okung, Anthony Davis, Trent Williams, Bruce Campbell, Bryan Buluga or the OG from Idaho- Mike Iupati later in the 1st and that way they can grab another pick in this very deep draft. Or even CB- Joe Haden wouldn't be a bad pick-up for the Lions. They probably won't go any other way unless they are able to trade down, which there is always a lot of talk about teams trading down in the draft but it rarely happens.

                   

Other Options: DT: Ndamukong Suh, OT: Russel Okung, SS: Eric Berry            

          

3rd Pick:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Berry, SS/FS, Tennessee

     The Bucs could go many ways with this pick. They would much rather have one of the DT Suh or McCoy to drop to them but without any trades and if the Rams don't take a QB I don't see that happening. Eric Berry is a beast though. If you have ever watched any of his college games he is all over the field. I think Berry is probably the best player in this draft, but pick 3 is kind of high for a SS. I could also see the Bucs going with a DE like Derrick Morgan with this # 3 pick but I think Berry is a sure thing type player when Morgan could turn out to be a bust just like Gaines Adams did for them.

   

Other Options: DE: Derrick Morgan, DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, MLB: Rolando McClain.

    

     

4th Pick:

Washing Redskins: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

     New coaches usually mean new QB's. As long as there is a QB for the Redskins to pick barring and trades Bradford or Clausen should be, I see the Redskins picking up the new face of their franchise. Although I feel the Jason Campbell hasn't done all that bad for the Redskins, he also hasn't done the great. Every team's want to win games and I feel the Redskins don't think Campbell is able to do that. Although I pick Bradford here this pick could easily be Jimmy Clausen who is also ready for the NFL.

      

Other Options: QB: Jimmy Clausen, OT: Russel Okung, SS: Eric Berry

    

                    

5th Pick:

Kansas City Cheifs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

     The Chiefs have what the think is their franchise QB in Matt Cassel, surprisingly last season they found out they have their RB with Jammal Charles, just think of what both can do when they have someone on their OL protecting them. Okung is huge and will instantly improve the Chief's OL. I could also see the Cheifs helping out their dreadful defense here with someone like Eric Berry, Derrick Morgan or if McCoy or Suh were to fall, or even possibly Ronaldo McClain.

    

Other Options: SS: Eric Berry, DE: Derrick Morgan, MLB: Ronaldo McClain

          

                      

6th Pick:

Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

      Yeah the Seahawks do need someone to replace Matt Hasselbeck at QB, but I think they are going to stick with him now and wait for Pete Carroll's former QB Matt Barkley at USC to hopefully come out next year and to be reunited with Carroll. Or possibly take someone in the later rounds of the draft to sit behind Hasselbeck for a year or two. As much as they need a QB they need other positions more. They also need a left tackle with the possible retirement of Walter Jones and the rest of their line is horrible but they do have another pick in first round, pick 14 where I think they will address that. Unless Okung falls here I think they will go defense with this pick.

      

Other Options: QB: Jimmy Clausen, SS: Eric Berry, OT: Russel Okung

                   

          

7th Pick:

Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

     The Browns could go a few ways with this pick. Do what I said and pick the top CB in the draft with Joe Haden. But they could also look at how bad their receivers are and pick Dez Bryant or take a ILB with Ronaldo McClain. I don't think Brady Quinn is their answer at QB but I don't see them wasting more money on another Notre Dame QB with Jimmy Clausen, but if Bradford is to drop here that might be a possibility, although still unlikely. Derrick Morgan could be another option if he were to drop.

          

Other Options: MLB: Ronaldo McClain, WR: Dez Bryant, DE: Derrick Morgan

     

       

8th Pick:

Oakland Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

     Although I put Davis here you never ever know what the other Davis, Al that is the owner of Oakland is going to do. Just like last year when every single person thought they would take Crabtree because they need a WR, the go with a big bust in Heyward-Bey. Who would a known!?! So although I went with Oakland's actually need which is a LT because they could need a DE if they let Richard Seymore walk in free agency but I don't think they will do that. Other choice could be Clausen for QB but they just draft another bust in Jamarcus Russel with the 1st pick two years ago so I don't see them doing that. I'm going to stick with Davis her but it could be another OT that is out there like Trent Williams or Bruce Campbell, but who knows what Al Davis will do here?!? I couldn't even say I would be surprised if they drafted Tebow here just because he's a big name. If the Raiders want to do anything they need to find a new owner.

         

Other Options: DE: Derrick Morgan, OT: Trent Williams, DE: Jason Pierre-Paul

        

             

9th Pick:

Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Damn

     Like I said with the Redskins, new coaches usually mean new QB's and either way I think there should be a new QB in Buffalo. Trent Edwards is a bust, Ryan Fitzpatrick can't even hit T.O. and Brain Broham is a left over the Green Bay cut because they didn't want him. The Bills will take a QB in this draft no doubt about it unless they trade for someone like McNabb or Vick. But who knows I could be wrong because they did go from wanting to interview Bill Cowher for the Head Coach spot and they went and pick Chan Gailey. (Many of you might be saying who? I didn't know of him either.) If Clausen or Bradford are not here for the Bills to pick, they need to take someone for their OL. Their OL was horrible last year and on top of it their only sure starter on the OL  Brad Butler, decided to retire at the age of 26 this year.

                

Other Options: OT: Anthony Davis, OT: Trent Williams, OT: Bruce Campbell

       

           

10th Pick:

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

     Jaguars do want Tim Tebow, mostly to sell tickets, but they won't be winning football games with him. They need help on the defense side of the ball more than offense. Pierra-Paul is a freak of an athlete and would be an instant upgrade. (Not to mention he can do 13 back flips in a row! haha, I'll try to find the video again and post it.) I think there are other possibilities here to, if Derrick Morgan or Joe Haden were to fall they could possibly be the Jags pick, but I don't see that happening.

         

Other Options: CB: Joe Haden, DE: Carlos Dunlop, DE: Everson Griffen

      


              

11th Pick:

Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Ohlahoma State

      

     I think if it's not this year, it will be next year but I don't think Brandon Marshall will be with the Bronco's much longer. Even if he is, the Bronco's do need someone on the opposite side of Marshall. Eddie Royal had a great rookie year, but I think he would play much better at the slot instead of # 2 WR. The Bronco's could also go defense on this with someone like Rolando McClain, but McClain is more of a 4-3 MLB instead of a 3-4.

             

Other Options: MLB: Rolando McClain, DT: Brian Price, DT: Dan Williams

        

        

12th Pick:

Miami Dolphins: Ronaldo McClain, MLB, Alabama

      

     The Dolphins do need help at WR but I think they need more help on defense and I think McClain could be an instant upgrade at LB. Pairing him up with Crowder would be great for the Dolphins LB core, especially with them releasing Joey Porter there only pure starting LB. There has been some talk though that Sergio Kindle would be a better fit for their 3-4 defense but I kind of think this pick is to high for them to take Kindle here and pass on McClain. If they trade down a bit and pick up another pick, I do see them taking Kindle though. Also DT Jason Fergeson will most likely be gone this season so they could really use a DT.

       

Other Options: LB: Sergio Kindle, WR: Dez Bryant, DT: Dan Williams

     

    

13th Pick:

San Fransico 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

    

     The 49ers are close to being a playoff team. I think getting some help on there depleted OL and a little help on defense will make them a playoff team. Williams is a great pick for them here. They also have another pick in the 1st which I think one they will use on an OL player and one on the defensive side of the ball.

         

Other Options: OT: Bruce Campbell, OT: Bryan Bulaga, SS: Earl Thomas

    

     

14th Pick:

Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

   

     With their first pick I have them helping their DL and with the second I see them adding someone for their OL. Although with their 1st pick they could take QB: Jimmy Clausen I think either way they will take an OL with one of their first round picks. Walter Jones may be retiring this year and their OL already struggled last year even with Jones. Campbell can be Jones replacement, even if Jones comes back this year, I think they will take a OT and make him play RT until Jones retires.

          

Other Options: OT: Bryan Bulaga, OT: Charles Brown, OG: Mike Iupati

      

       

15th Pick:

New York Giants: Navorrow Bowman, LB, Penn State

   

     The Giants released Antonio Pierce there long time MLB and leader on their Superbowl winning teams defense. They need someone to replace him. Although I think they do need help at SS and FS, I still think theirs much more of a need to get a leader at MLB. Bowman could be that man.

Other Options: SS: Earl Thomas, FS: Taylor Mays, LB: Brandon Spikes

     

      

16th Pick:

Tennessee Titans: Brian Price, DT, UCLA

    

     The Titans let Haynesworth walk last year as a free agent and boy did they miss him anchoring their DL. Although they do need help at DE too, I think they try to find another Haynesworth this year with taking Price in the first round.

    

Other Options: DT: Dan Williams, DE: Carlos Dunlap, DE: Everson Griffen

    

      

17th Pick:

San Fransisco 49ers: Earl Thomas, SS/CB, Texas

    

     Like I said I think the 49ers will go one offense and one defense with their 2 first round picks. Earl Thomas seems to be a good fit for the 49ers because he has been said to be able to play both safety or corner back in which the 49ers need help with both.

      

Other Options: SS: Taylor Mays, CB: Patrick Robinson, OLB: Sergio Kindle

    

    

18th Pick:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

       

     The Steelers need to protect Rothilesburger before his career is shortened. And maybe he can finally play a full season without being hurt! But the Steelers also need someone opposite of Polamalu and some help at CB but I see them taking and OL player with their first round pick.

    

Other Options: OT: Charles Brown, FS: Taylor Mays, CB: Patrick Robinson

    

     

19th Pick:

Alanta Falcons: Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

    

     The Falcons shouldn't do anything else with this pick than pick a CB. Their secondary was horrible last season and have up a lot of big plays. In order to stop a QB they need some quality CB and they will get that with Warren and allowing him to play across from CB Chris Houston. This will immediately upgrade their secondary.

      

Other Options: CB: Kyle Wilson, FS: Taylor Mays, CB: Patrick Robinson

  

   

20th Pick:

Houston Texans: C.J Spiller, RB, Clemson

    

     This pick could change easily. The Texans decided not to franchise Daunta Robinson and let him go into free agency. I don't feel that the Texans think Slaton is their answer to running back and they would really like to have Spiller especially if he falls to them at 20. But the Texans very well might have to take a CB here in order to try to replace Robinson.

    

Other Options: CB: Kyle Wilson, CB: Patrick Robinson

   

     

21st Pick:

Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

   

     The Bengals have always been looking for a pure TE and have never found one. As long as Gresham can stay healthy he will become that pure TE they have really need. This will help there passing game greatly with giving Palmer another target but Gresham will also help there running game with his great blocking skills. The Bengals could also be looking for defensive help or another WR.

    

Other Options: WR: Dez Bryant, WR Golden Tate, FS: Taylor Mays

  

  

22nd Pick:

New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

    

     I thought for sure if Spiller would fall the the Patriots which he might now, that they would take him no doubt about it, but with all of the veterans like LT and Westbrook being cut, I'm sure they will pick up one of them. Brandon Graham will fit the Patriots defense really well and they need him to take the place of Richard Seymore since they traded him to Oakland for a 2011 first round pick.

    

Other Options: RB: C.J. Spiller, LB: Sergio Kindle, DE: Carlos Dunlap

   

      

23rd Pick:

Green Bay Packers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

   

     Their is no doubt about it the Packers need to keep Aaron Rodgers upright. There OL consisted of not that good of rookies and aging veterans who weren't playing like they used to. Iupati is a beast. He will no doubt about it in my mind be a Pro Bowl Guard in the NFL. I really wish the Lion's would trade back into the first to pick him up or hope like hell that he would fall to us in the second. Putting Iupati next to Backus will help Backus greatly not to mention our entire OL, running game and maybe keep Stafford up and off of IR.

      

Other Options: OT: Charles Brown, OLB Sergio Kindle (If they can't keep Kampman)

      

       

24th Pick:

Philadelphia Eagles: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

  

     The Eagles went from having one of the best DL to just being average, I see them taking Dunlap here which will bring them back to having one of the best DL in the NFL. Having him opposite of Cole with Bunkley and Patterson in the middle, they would be a DL to be scared of.

      

Other Options: DE: Everson Griffin, FS: Taylor Mays, RB: Jahvid Best

    

    

25th Pick:

Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

  

     Even with signing Stallworth, the Ravens still need help at WR because Stallworth isn't a for sure thing. He was out of football all of 2009 but I still think he will be productive. But the reason I have them taking a WR here is because Derrick Mason could be retiring at any time considering he was suppose to retire last year.

      

Other Options: WR: Brandon LeFell, WR: Arrelious Benn, DE: Everson Griffen

  

    

26th Pick:

Arizona Cardinals: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

    

     Dansby will be gone this year which is very stupid to let him walk. But the Cardinals need to find his replacement and I think Sergio Kindle can do that. I don't see the Cardinals doing anything else besides picking a LB to replace Dansby. The only other thing could possible be a DT.

     

Other Options: LB: Jerry Hughes, LB: Brandon Spikes, LB: Sean Weatherspoon

         

        

27th Pick:

Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Mays, FS, USC

   

     There is talk that many NFL teams are listing Mays as a LB instead of a FS in the draft, but I still see the Cowboys making him there FS to play next to Sensabugh because Ken Hamlin struggled again throughout the year.

   

Other Options: FS: Chad Jones, FS: Earl Thomas, OT: Charles Brown

     

   

28th Pick:

San Deigo Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB, California

        

     With Tomlinson being released and Sproles possibly walking in free agency the Chargers need a RB no matter what. Although they could pick up someone like Westbrook I think they want to get someone younger and that could be their next Tomlinson. This pick will most likely be either Jahvid Best, or Jonathan Dwyer unless they trade up in the first round to take Spiller. Or they could find a trading partner for Cromartie to get a RB like Tashard Choice.

     

Other Options: RB: Jahvid Best, WR: Golden Tate, WR: Arrelious Benn

       

       

29th Pick:

New York Jets: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

    

     The Jets need a DT considering Kris Jenkins can't stay healthy. They could also use a DE here with someone like Everson Griffen or even a LB like Sean Weatherspoon or Ricky Sapp. But I think they go DT here.

     

Other Options: DT: Jared Odrick, DE: Everson Griffen, LB: Ricky Sapp

   

     

30th Pick:

Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

    

     I think the Vikings will take a CB either Wilson or Dominique Franks or Donovan Warren. The Vikings could easily take a QB like Colt McCoy here if Farve decides to retire or even a DT considering Pat Williams will most likely retire in 2011. Or even a LB since E.J. Henderson can't stay healthy. Or even someone to help Loadholt on the right side of the OL. But the CB and safety positions is something the Vikings need help on.

    

Other Options: CB: Donovan Warren, CB: Dominique Franks, QB: Colt McCoy

  

    

31st Pick:

Indianapolis Colts: Charles Brown, OT, USC

      

     The owner of the Colts even said that the reason they lost the Super Bowl was because of the OL. I can't see the Colts going any other way with this pick unless they decided to take a DT. The rest of their team besides their OL and DT's are pretty much set in stone.

     

Other Options: OG: Mike Iupati, OT: Jason Fox, DT: Jared Odrick

     

     

32nd Pick:

New Orlean Saints: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

   

     The Saints have been looking for a DT to play next to Sedrick Ellis and they will finally get that when the draft Jared Odrick, the Saints could easily take a LB with this pick which I think they might do.

  

Other Options: DT: Terrance Cody, LB: Sean Weatherspoon, LB: Jerry Hughes.


Mock Draft Coming Soon!

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Everyone,


Sorry about the delay in posts. I will be posting a few 2010 Mock Draft Scenarios over the next few days here, which hopefully will start up some discussion! Stay tuned!

2009 to 2010 Roster Changes- Defense

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Defensive End:

 

LDE Starter:


2009- Jason Hunter (RFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Although Jason Hunter played decent for the Lion's this year, I see the Lion's trying to upgrade this position whether it's through Free Agency or the Draft. The draft this year is pretty deep on the defensive side of the ball, so I feel most likely the Lion's will try to find a player in the 2nd or 3rd round.


                                                                                                                                                               


RDE Starter:


2009- Dewayne White


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     Dewayne White is getting up their in age and he isn't the DE he once was. I think the Lion's will try to update the Right DE too this off-season. Although I think Cliff Avril could possible fill one of the spots at DE, the Lion's could easily be playing with 2 new DE's in 2010, with Avril coming off the bench.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Julius Peppers, Richard Seymore, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Jason Taylor, Aaron Kampman, Adewale Ogunleye, Derrick Burgess, Jevon Kearse


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Ray Edwards, Elvis Dumervil, Marcus Spears, Mark Anderson


Draft:

   Rookies: Derrick Morgan, Carlos Dunlop, Everson Griffin, Brandon Graham, Jason Pierre-Paul, Corey Wotton

 

                                                                                                                                                              


LDE Backup:


2009- Cliff Avril


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    Avril was put as the backup this year which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. He had a pretty good rookie season and when he did start this year (which was towards the end of the year) he did great. One of the only few players on the Lion's with a few sacks and the ability to get to the QB. I could easily see Avril being in the starting line-up in 2010.


                                                                                                                                                               


RDE Starter:


2009- Turk McBride


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     McBride was claimed off of waivers from the Cheifs. Mainly because Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham came from coaching the Chief's defense. I don't see McBride anything more than a backup in the NFL. He really didn't do to much for us and if it wasn't for his experience with Cunningham he probably wouldn't make the team in 2010.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Jarvis Green, Chike Okeafor, Anthony Montgomery


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Darryl Tapp, Jason Babin, Johnny Jolley


Draft:

   Rookies: Greg Hardy, Alex Carrington, Brandon Lang, George Selvie


                                                                  


Defensive Tackle:

 

DT Starter:


2009- Grady Jackson


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Jackson was brought in to be the big run stuffer in the middle that every defense needs. But he didn't live up to his expectations. Jackson is a huge man that is slow to begin with, but I think his age isn't helping his speed or playing ability either. There is a  chance he will be back in 2010 but that will only be as a backup and to help teach the younger DL men on the Lion's. The Lion's could look into free agency but it sounds like they will be drafting a DT probably with their 1st pick especially if the Ram's decide not to take Suh. But it also seems more than likely the Lion's will take McCoy if Suh is off the board.


                                                                                                                                                              


DT # 2 Starter:


2009- Sammie Lee Hill


2010- Sammie Lee Hill


My Thoughts:


     The only reason I didn't put UNKNOWN for 2010 is considering the fact that Sammie Lee Hill started last year as a rookie and I don't see that changing. Hill did pretty good as a rookie even though you wouldn't have notice because the Lion's couldn't stop the run if all of their lives depended on it. Look for Hill to improve in 2010 and become a solid starter even though he was a barely known man from Stillman College.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Vince Wilfork, Aubrayo Franklin, Domata Peko, Fred Robbins


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Tony Brown, Barry Cofield, Tank Johnson


Draft:

   Rookies: Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Dan Williams, Jared Odrick, Brian Price, Terrence Cody


                                                                                                                                                              


DT Backup:


2009- Andre Fluellen


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


    Fluellen has improved since being drafted in 2007. Although I think he will be nothing more than a backup I don't see the Lion's giving up on him yet and cutting him. He could be a good change up to throw in their when the Lion's starts are tired.

 

                                                                                                                                                               


DT Backup:


2009- Landon Cohen


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


    Landon Cohen much like Fluellen did show some improvement in 2009. I could also see him coming back in 2010 but he would most likely be the 4th or 5th backup at DT.


                                                                                                                                                               


DT Backup:


2009- Joe Cohen


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:

 

    Joe Cohen who was claimed off of waivers from the 49er's was mostly a big roster fill and emergency DT. I don't see him being back with the Lion's in 2010 considering we will most likely draft a starting DT if not find one in free agency.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Kendrick Clancy, Alfonso Boone, Jimmy Kennedy


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Kedric Golston, Tank Tyler,  Ian Scott


Draft:

   Rookies: Lamarr Houston, Arthur Jones, D'Anthony Smith


                                                                   


Linebackers:

 

ILB Starter:


2009- Larry Foote (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Foote was a nice signing by Detroit last year. He proved his leadership and ability to control the defense, even though they didn't play well you can't blame that on him because he didn't have to many others on defense to help out. I feel the Lion's should bring Foote back in 2010. Foote is supposedly unhappy because the Lion's haven't tried to give him a new contract. Maybe it's because of Levy, but without them trying to give him a new contract, he say's he is going to test free agency.


Possibilities: (Levy would most likely replace him if the Lion's don't bring him back)


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Karlos Dansby, D.J. Williams, Gary Brackett


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: DeMeco Ryans, Kirk Morrison, D’Qwell Jackson, Stephen Tulloch


Draft:

   Rookies: Rolando McClain, Brandon Spikes

                                                                                                                                                               


OLB Starter:


2009- Julian Peterson


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Peterson was a great trade made by the Lion's in 2009. Not only did we get a Pro Bowl player in Peterson, we got rid of Corey Redding and his huge contract that he didn't deserve. There has been talk that the Lion's could cut Peterson because he's due a lot of money in 2010 but I think that would be a huge mistake! Finally we have a Pro Bowl player on the defense and they want to get cut him? Pay the man the money he deserves Ford Sr.! I think the Lion's will keep him especially if Foote leaves in free agency. If both Foote and Peterson are back in 2010 it would be nice because when the play Levy the could always put Peterson at the DE position where he recorded most of his sacks last year.


                                                                                                                                                              


OLB Starter:


2009- Ernie Sims


2010- Ernie Sims


My Thoughts:


     Sims is a good OLB when he is healthy. He was hurt on and off throughout the year last year. Hopefully Sims can stay health and show us why we drafted him. If Detroit keeps both Foote and Peterson and seems either A) can't stay healthy or B) isn't playing well, look out for Levy to take over and Sims to be possibly traded.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Keith Bulluck, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Mike Vrabel


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Shawne Merriman, Thomas Davis, Derrick Johnson 


Draft:

   Rookies: Sean Weatherspoon, Sergio Kindle, Ricky Sapp


                                                                                                                                                               

 

ILB Backup:


2009- DeAndre Levy


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     Levy was a great find by the Lion's in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft. He will make his way into the starting lineup whether it is in 2010 or 2011. I put UNKNOWN for 2010 because theirs a chance we won't get Foote back or we could cut Peterson and Levy would definitely take over for them.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Zach Thomas, Rocky McIntosh


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Ahmad Brooks, Ricky Brown


Draft:

   Rookies: Daryl Washington, Sean Lee, Pat Angerer


                                                                                                                                                              


OLB Backup:


2009- Zach Follett


2010- Zach Follett

 

My Thoughts:


     Follett was a nice find for the Lion's considering we picked him in the 7th round. After being signed off of the practice squad Follett became a back up but played special teams too. He was a beast on special teams and that alone will give him a backup spot in 2010.

 

                                                                                                                                                               


OLB Starter:


2009- Jordan Dizon


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Dizon could possibly be let go in 2010. He obviously hasn't played up to a 2nd rounder. Considering every draft board had him going in the 5th or 6th round and Millen decided to draft him in the 2nd and miss a bunch of great players. Personally I hope he's not back in 2010 because there is no point in wasting a roster spot with someone with no potential.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Danny Clark, Angelo Crowell, Cato June


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Chase Blackburn, Clint Ingram, Omar Gaither


Draft:

   Rookies: Jerry Hughes, Navorro Bowman, Thaddeus Gibson


                                                                    


Cornerbacks:

 

LCB Starter:


2009- William James


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Sad to say William James was probably the best CB we had this year, which isn't saying much. I see him more as a Nickle CB rather than a starter. Detroit will look in free agency and the draft to update their CB. James will most likely be back with the Lion's in 2010 but I'm hoping not at the starting spot.


                                                                                                                                                               


RCB Starter:


2009- Phillip Buchannon


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    Buchannon had his ups and downs in 2009. I think if the Lion's get a pure starting CB, Buchannon could start opposite of him, at least for 2010. I don't think he is a great starter in the NFL though, but I could be wrong if the Lion's were to actually bulk up their defense than maybe he could be.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Dunta Robinson, Deshea Townsend, Terence Newman


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Carlos Rogers, Richard Marshall, Ellis Hobbs, Marlin Jackson


Draft:

   Rookies: Joe Haden, Patrick Robinson, Devin McCourty, Dominique Franks, Donovan Warren


                                                                                                                                                               


CB Backup:


2009- Anthony Henry (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:

 

     Henry was a good pickup for the Lion's not because he played well, because he didn't at all, but because we got him for trading Jon Kitna who we were going to cut anyway. Really I don't think the Lion's will try to bring back Henry unless they are looking for a veteran backup at CB or S.


                                                                                                                                                              


CB Backup:


2009- Kevin Hobbs


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:

 

     If the Lion's can actually improve there CB position through Free Agency and the draft Hobbs should not be back on the team in 2010. Although the plus side of Hobbs was he stayed healthy the whole year unlike almost everyone else at the CB position for the Lion's.


                                                                                                                                                              


CB Backup:


2009- Brian Witherspoon


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:

 

     Witherspoon was brought in off of waivers by the Lion's late in the season. The main reason for bringing him in was for KR and PR because no one else on the Lion's could do this. I don't see Witherspoon being back with the Lion's in 2010 because A) they are going to find CB in free agency and the draft and B) there probably going to try to draft a KR/PR or hope that Aaron Brown or Derrick Williams can step up and actually catch the ball and not fumble on KR and PR considering that is what we drafted them for.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Roderick Hood, Nick Harper, Ken Lucas


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Fabian Washington,  Karl Paymah,  Ashton Youboty


Draft:

   Rookies: Kyle Wilson, Syd'Quan Thompson, Perrish Cox, Jerome Murphy, Brandon Ghee, Kareem Jackson, Javier Arenas

 

                                                                   

 

Safeties:

 

FS Starter:


2009- Louis Delmas


2010- Louis Delmas


My Thoughts:


    Delmas will be the FS Starter for the Lion's for many years. Seeing what he did just in his rookie year, you can tell he will be a Pro Bowl FS. I'm thinking he's going to be the next Ed Reed. All the Lion's need to do is get a good safety opposite of him and the safety position is set.


                                                                                                                                                               


SS Starter:


2009- Marvin White


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    White was claimed off of waivers by the Lion's. He was supposed to be a backup but starters Manuel and Ko Simpson were place on IR. I think the Lion's do need to upgrade the SS spot but I think they have plenty of other positions to fill. Ko Simpson's a UFA but I think if the Lion's use there money and draft picks on the other positions in need, it wouldn't be a bad idea to resign Ko Simpson. He played well before he was injured.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Darren Sharper, Ryan Clark, Sean Jones, Roy Williams


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Nick Collins, Antoine Bethea, O.J. Atogwe, Bernard Pollard, Atari Bigby, Dawan Landry, Brodney Pool


Draft:

   Rookies: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Taylor Mays, Morgan Burnett, Chad Jones


                                                                                                                                                             

 

S Backup:

 

2009- Kalvin Pearson


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:

 

     Person shouldn't have been on the team in 2009 so he better not be in 2010. Another bum left over from the Millen era. Hopefully we will find some decent backups in free agency or the draft. If we draft a safety in the 4th or 5th round you never know he could turn out to be a starter one day, if not maybe a good backup.

 

                                                                                                                                                               


S Backup:


2009- DeAngelo Smith


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:

 

     Smith was brought in later in the year from the Cowboy's practice squad because of all the injuries to the Lion's safeties. He was a rookie this year but didn't really see much playing time. He could be worth a shot at keeping and maybe he could turn into something good or at least a good backup.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Tyrone Carter, Mark Roman, Vincent Fuller


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Jarrad Page, Josh Bullocks, Danieal Manning, Pat Watkins


Draft:

   Rookies: Reshad Jones, Larry Asante, Darrell Stuckey

2009 to 2010 Roster Changes- Offense

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Quarterback:


Starter:

 

2009- Matthew Stafford


2010- Matthew Stafford

 

                                                                                                                               



2nd String:


2009- Daunte Culpepper (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     Mayhew has said that the Lion's could bring back Culpepper for the backup role to Stafford, but Culpepper wants to be a starter. Which I don't think there is really any opportunity with other teams considering how he played last year. Also after seeing Stanton start one week last season, the Lion's pulled him and put Culpepper back in. Then the next game they started Culpepper again over Stanton.To me this was the Lion's saying that Stanton won't be the backup to Stafford in 2010 and he will probably just be our 3rd String QB. If the Lion's don't bring Culpepper back as the veteran backup for Stafford in 2010 then they will look at the Free Agent Market to find another capable backup.


Possiblities:


     Veteran Free Agents: Chad Pennington, David Carr, Rex Grossman


                                                                                                                                                 



3rd String:


2009- Drew Stanton


2010- Drew Stanton

                                                                                                                                                                



Running Back:

 

Starter:


2009- Kevin Smith


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     I don't think the Lion's are completely giving up on Kevin Smith but after seeing how he wasn't very productive in 2009, I feel the Lion's don't think Smith is an every down back. I feel that they are hoping to pick up another Free Agent RB or draft one, to give the Lion's a 2 back system once Smith is healthy again.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Chester Taylor, Willie Parker, Larry Johnson


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Darren Sproles, Leon Washington, Jerious Norwood, LenDale White


Draft:

   Rookies: C.J. Spiller, Jahvid Best, Jonathan Dwyer


                                                                                                                                        



2nd String:


2009- Maurice Morris


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    The 2nd String RB depends on if we pick up a Free Agent starter or draft a potential starter. If we do find a starter somewhere else this would move Smith as our 2nd String / change of back RB. If we don't Morris could possibly stay at 2nd String. I say this because if we don't pick up a Free Agent or Rookie, Morris could possibly takeover the starting RB role from Kevin Smith, who might not be ready Week 1. Morris showed his playmaking skills when Smith went down last year. His first game as the starter he rushed for 126 yards vs. the Arizona Cardinals.


                                                                                                                              



3rd String:


2009- Aaron Brown


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    All of the RB spots depends on if the Lion's draft a RB or pick up a starter in free agency. This spot could easily be Aaron Brown again if the Lion's don't pick up a RB in the offseasons. But Schwartz has already said that he wants to find a game changing back, so more than likely they will draft someone and this will move Brown to the 4th String RB. But that doesn't mean he won't see playing time because the Lion's like putting Brown in the change things up and make it harder for the defense.

 

                                                                                                                               



4th String:


2009- Cedric Peerman (RFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    If we do pickup a RB which is the most likely case, then Peerman although he is a RFA will be the odd man out for the Lion's.

                                                                                                                                                                

                     


Wide Receiver:

 

Starter:


2009- Calvin Johnson


2010- Calvin Johnson


                                                                                                                     


2nd String:


2009- Bryant Johnson


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    Bryant Johnson was not the # 2 WR that the Lion's coaching staff thought he would be. Bryant Johnson has never lived up to anything more than a # 3 WR in the NFL. I feel the Lion's should stick with him at # 3 but find someone else who can take the pressure off of Calvin Johnson because Bryant Johnson didn't do that. Bryant Johnson's best years in the NFL came as a # 3 WR for the Cardinals when he played behind Larry Fitzgerld and Anquan Boldin. Calvin Johnson can be as good as Larry Fitzgerld if he has an Anquan Boldin taking the pressure off of him and a QB like Kurt Warner which I think Matthew Stafford could be one day.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Antonio Bryant, Nate Burleson, Terrell Owens, Lee Evans


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin, Braylon Edwards, Vincent Jackson


Draft:

   Rookies: Golden Tate, Brandon LaFell, Damian Williams


                                                                                                                                                                



3rd String:


2009- Dennis Northcutt


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


    Northcutt didn't really do much for the Lion's this season. He is getting older and I don't really think he is a # 3 WR anymore. I wouldn't mind if we picked up a new # 2 WR for Bryant Johnson, moving Bryant Johnson to 3 and Dennis Northcutt to 4, but the Lion's are expecting a lot more out of Derrick Williams this year so I don't see that happening. I could see Northcutt being else where in 2010. But if the Lion's do keep Bryant Johnson at 2 then there are some possibilities for a # 3 WR.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Chris Chambers, Kevin Walters, Bobby Wade, Kelley Washington


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Davone Bess, Steve Breaston, Jason Avant, Malcom Floyd, Lance Moore


Draft:

   Rookies: Demaryius Thomas, Arrelious Benn, Jordan Shipley, Mardy Gilyard


                                                                                                                            



4th String:


2009- Derrick Williams


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     The Lion's expect a lot more out of Derrick Williams during his rookie season. But he didn't give them much hope. The main reason they drafted him was for his return skills on kick-off's and punts, but after having problems catching the ball, Williams was bench. The Lion's coaching staff has already said they expect more out of Williams in 2010 but does that mean at WR or on the return game? Only time will tell.


                                                                                                                                    



5th String:


2009- Eric Fowler


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     Fowler didn't play a snap for the Lion's in 2009 and don't expect him to in 2010. I feel the Lion's will try their hardest to find a # 2 WR to take pressure off of Calvin Johnson, so in making a roster spot for a # 2 it will most likely be Fowler out of a job.


                                                                                                                                                                



Tight End:

 

Starter:


2009- Brandon Pettigrew


2010- Brandon Pettigrew


                                                                                                                                                         



2nd String:


2009- Will Heller (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


    I thought Heller did a nice job playing a # 2 TE. Not only did he block the pass and the run like he is known for but he was able to get out there and make catches even finding the end zone a few times. Mayhew has already said he would love to bring back Heller and Fitzsimmons because he felt with them and Pettigrew the TE position was one of the most complete positions we have on the Lion's. Although that is not saying much since the Lion's are barely complete at any position, I feel that with Pettigrew, Heller and Fitzsimmons the Lion's TE's are in good shape. That as long as Fitzsimmons and Pettigrew don't end up on IR again. But if the Lion's are unable to bring both Heller and Fitzsimmons back here are some other possibilities for free agency. The Lion's won't be drafting a TE considering the drafted Pettigrew in the 1st round and Gronkowski in the 7th round in 2009. I think even if they can't bring back both Heller and Fitzsimmons, the Lion's might not even go into Free Agency for a TE they might just start to use Gronkowski.


Possibilities:


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Alge Crumpler, Ben Watson


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Leonard Pope, Tony Scheffler


                                                                                                                                                                  



3rd String:


2009- Casey Fitzsimmons


2010- UNKNOWN


                                                                   



Full Back:


Starter:


2009- Jerome Felton


2010- Jerome Felton


                                                                   



Offensive Line:

 

LT Starter:


2009- Jeff Backus


2010- Jeff Backus


My Thoughts:


     Even though Backus has let up plenty of sacks over the years, I think he will still be the Lion's Left Tackle in 2010, even if the Lion's were to take Russell Okung with the 2nd pick in the 2010 draft. If they were to take Okung, they could possibly move Backus to LG which would be a great improvement from what we had last year, but I think they would put Okung at LG to learn from Backus and eventually take over the LT spot. Yeah, Backus doesn't seem like a good LT but honest think "Who has Backus had at LG to help him?" The anwser is no one. He's an average LT but I think he could be better than average if he wasn't trying to play both LT and LG.


                                                                                                                                                               



RT Starter:


2009- Gosder Cherilus


2010- Gosder Cherilus

 

My Thoughts:


     I think when drafting Cherilus, Millen was hoping for him to one day be able to move to Left Tackle. But who the hell knows what Millen was thinking. Cherilus will most likely only be a RT in the NFL. He isn't to bad and if the Lion's gave him some help on the OL then maybe our team would be a little bit better.


Possibilities: (For both LT and RT)


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Jermon Bushrod, Mike Gandy, Levi Jones, Mike Williams


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Marcus McNeil, Jammal Brown, Willie Colon


Draft:

   Rookies: Russell Okung, Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, Bryan Buluga, Bruce Cambell, Charles Brown, Jason Fox


                                                                                                                                                               



LG Starter:


2009- Manny Remirez


2010- UKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     In 2009, Manny Remirez proved that he is just a backup in the NFL. The Lion's Guards were the biggest weak spot on the OL. Look for the Lion's to either draft or find a Guard in Free Agency.


                                                                                                                                                               



RG Starter:


2009- Stephen Peterman


2010- Stephen Peterman


My Thoughts:


     Peterman was hurt this year and place on IR. Before Peterman was out, the Lion's OL didn't look that bad for once. I don't think Peterman is the best Guard, but I think he is better then the other Guards on our team and we have plenty of other positions to worry about this season. That and him getting a 5-year contract extention is the reason why I have him being the Lion's RG in 2010.


Possibilities: (For both LG and RG)


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Stephan Neal, Bobbie Williams, Ben Hamilton


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Logan Mankins, Jahri Evans, Max Jean-Giles, Deuce Luiti


Draft:

   Rookies: Mike Iupati, Jon Asamoah, Mike Johnson, Vladimir Ducasse


                                                                                                                                                              



Center Starter:


2009- Dominic Raiola


2010- Dominic Raiola


                                                                                                                                                               



LT Backup:


2009- Corey Hilliard (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     Hilliard was really there just because we were very thin on the OL. I expect the Lion's to make a few Free Agent adds and drafting a player or two for the OL. So I wouldn't expect Hilliard to be with the Lion's in 2010.


                                                                                                                                                               



RT Backup:


2009- Jon Jansen (UFA)


2010- UNKNOWN


My Thoughts:


     Jansen was brought in mainly to teach Cherilus and any other rookies on the Lion's OL. He was put in a few games this year but you can tell he is getting older and is not as quick and great at the position as he once was. Although he is a UFA, Mayhew has said they will be trying to bring him back, as a backup and to continue coaching young players on the Lion's OL.


Possibilities: (For both LT and RT backups)


Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Chad Clifton, Jon Runyan, Mark Tauscher,


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: Alex Barron, Donald Penn


Draft:

   Rookies: Rodger Saffold, Selvish Capers, Ciron Black, Sam Young

 

                                                                                                                                                               



LG Backup:


2009- Daniel Loper (UFA)


2010- UKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:


     The Lion's had high hopes for Loper this year and he proved them wrong by not doing a thing. Although Loper was benched plenty of times this year, he would weasel his way back into the line-up usually because of injuries or inconsistent play. Loper is a unrestricted free agent and shouldn't be back, but there has been talk by Schwartz and Meyhew that they might bring Loper back. Hopefully not!

 

                                                                                                                                      



RG/Center Backup:


2009- Dylan Gandy


2010- UNKNOWN

 

My Thoughts:

 

     Gandy played pretty well for the Lion's this year even earning the starting spot after Peterman got hurt and Loper failed to do anything. One day Gandy might be a starter in the NFL but for now he is just a backup. I expect Gandy to be the Guard backup in 2010 for the Lion's. I also expect him to be the center backup in 2010 just like he was in 2009.


Possibilities: (For both LG, RG and Centers backups)

 

Uncapped Year:

   Free Agents: Jeremy Bridges, Chester Pitts


Capped Year:

   Free Agents: David Baas, Charlie Johnson, Duke Preston


Draft:

   Rookies: Maurkice Pouncey, Mitch Petrus, Kyle Calloway

Lion's 2009 Team: K/P

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Jason Hanson # 4 (Kicker)

 

AGE:  39

HT:  6'0"

WT:  190

EXP:  18

COL:  Washington State

DFT:  Rd. 2, Pick 56, Lions, 1992

 

      Mr. Dependable also known as Jason Hanson, was not that dependable this year. But honestly even though he had a bad year for him, he still kicked better than most kickers in the league. It's amazing that Hanson would decide to stay with the Lion's for so long. I think his bad year last year was because he was injured at the start of Preseason and had a surgrey and I don't think he ever fully recovered. Not because he's getting old and losing his kicking touch/power. Let's see if I'm right by seeing how he plays next year. Honestly he is the only player we can depend on with the Lion's and has been for the past 18 years.

 

2009 Statistics:

 

FG: 21/28

FG%: 75%

PAT: 25/25

PTS: 88


                                                                                                                                                                

 

Nick Harris # 2 (Punter)


AGE: 31

HT:  6'2"

WT:  218

EXP:  9

COL:  California

DFT:  Rd 4, Pick 120, Broncos, 2001

 

     Harris has been a pretty decent punter for us for years. I do believe we should try to get the best punter possible in FA though because the Lion's do have to punt a lot. If there is someone better in FA then go get him. If Harris is better than every punter in FA, then keep him. But don't waste a draft pick on a punter, we need to many other positions first.


2009 Statistics:


PUNTS: 74

AVG: 42.9

LNG: 56

YDS: 3,174

TB: 5


Lion's 2009 Team: S

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Starters:

Louis Delmas # 26 (Free Safety)

 

AGE:  22

HT:  5'11"

WT:  202

EXP:  R

COL:  Western Michigan

DFT:  Rd. 2, Pick 33, Lions, 2009

 

       Where to start about Delmas. I believe this is one of the best players we have ever drafted. If you watch Delmas play he is all of the field running people down and hitting hard. Delmas is going to be a Pro Bowler, theres no doubt in that. He was the only rookie to ever have a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception returned for a touchdown, and a safety in his rookie season! This guy is a beast, I can honestly say I think he is the next Ed Reed. He is a ball hawk but also can hit guys hard that are even 100 pounds more than him. It's unfortunate that he was pretty much over looked as defensive rookie of the year pretty much because he is on the Lions but I am sure glad he is on the Lions. He plays every play like its his last and to be honest I have to say I love his cocky attitude! Only because the Lions need players like that to get the team pumped up and actually ready to win a football game for once. Delmas was a defensive leader even as a rookie. This guy is going to have a great career!

 

2009 Statistics:

 

TACK: 94

SACK: 1.0

FF: 0

INT: 2


                                                                                                                                      


Marvin White # 25 (Strong Safety)


AGE: 26

HT:  6'1"

WT:  293

EXP:  3

COL:  Texas Christian

DFT:  Rd 4, Pick 114, Bengals, 2007

 

      White is an example of how unhealthy and bad the Lion's secondary was this year. White was a guy we claimed off of waivers when the Bengals (a team that doesn't have great safety's) cut him. With injuries White became the starter opposite of Delmas.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 53

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                     


Backups:

 

Marquand Manuel # 40- (UFA)- Placed on IR

 

AGE:  30

HT:  6'0"

WT:  213

EXP:  8

COL: Florida

DFT:  Rd 6, Pick 181, Bengals, 2002

 

       Manuel was another cast of from the Bengals draft that we signed during the off-season. He most recently played for the Bronco's where he did start some games but he was eventually cut. Manuel was our starter until being placed on IR.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 36

SACK: 0

FF: 1

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                                                 


Ko Simpson # 30 (RFA)- Placed on IR

 

AGE:  26

HT:  6'1"

WT:  202

EXP:  3

COL:  South Carolina

DFT:  Rd 4, Pick 105, Bills, 2006


        I thought this was a good pickup by the Lion's when they traded for Ko Simpson. The only problem is Simpson couldn't stay healthy and ended up on IR. He was play decent before being place on IR. But since he was placed on IR the draft pick we traded for him is going to be a high one. Although Simpson is a FA this year I could see the Lion's bringing him back for depth even if they draft or pick up another safety in FA.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 30

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 1


                                                                                                                                                               


Kalvin Person # 24

 

AGE:  31

HT:  5'10"

WT:  200

EXP:  5

COL: Grambling State

DFT:  Undrafted

 

       Pearson was one of the few defensive players left over from the Marinelli / Millen time with the Lion's. He was mainly only kept over for his Special Teams play, because other than that he isn't really a starting or even backup safety.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 19

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                  


Daniel Bullocks # 27- (RFA)- Placed on IR


AGE:  26

HT:  6'0"

WT:  212

EXP:  4

COL:  Nebraska

DFT:  Rd. 2, Pick 40, Lions, 2006

 

          Bullock's was placed on IR even before the season started. He is still suffering from a knee injury that placed him on IR two years ago. Bullock's has not lived up to his draft spot. It's a shame because I believe Bullock's could be a great safety especially being next to Delmas but the man just can't get healthy and stay healthy. It will be interesting if Bullock's is ready for the 2010 season because if he is and the Lion's think he can stay healthy I don't see them drafting or picking up a safety in FA. Bullock's is a good player but he just needs to be healthy.

 

2009 Statistics:


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Lion's 2009 Team: CB

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Starters:

Phillip Buchanon # 31


 

AGE:  29

HT:  5'11"

WT:  186

EXP:  9

COL:  Miami

DFT:  Rd. 1, Pick 17, Raiders, 2002

 

       With a horrible secondary, I thought Buchanon was a good pick up. The start of the year Buchanon was benched for not playing well, so was many other players in the Lion's secondary, but towards the end of the year Buchanon started to step it up and made some good plays. I still don't think he is a # 1 CB in the league maybe more along the lines of a # 2 or most likely a # 3.

 

2009 Statistics:

 

TACK: 43

SACK: 1.0

FF: 2

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                     


William James # 41 (UFA)

 

AGE: 30

HT:  6'0"

WT:  200

EXP:  9

COL:  Western Illinois

DFT:  Rd 3, Pick 78, Giants, 2001

 

      James was the most consistent in play for the Lion's secondary but that is not saying much. Much like Buchanon I think James could play a # 2 or # 3 CB but not a # 1. I think James will be back with the team though next year.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 73

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 2


                                                                                                                                


 Backups:

Anthony Henry # 32 (UFA)

 

AGE:  33

HT:  6'1"

WT:  207

EXP:  9

COL:  South Florida

DFT:  Rd 4, Pick 97, Cowboys, 2001

 

       Henry was a nice experienced pick-up by the Lion's just for the fact that we trade Jon Kitna, who we were going to cut anyway, for him. He didn't end up doing to much for us though. I think Henry is a better safety then he is corner back because he is slow. Henry's a FA and probably won't be back though.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 46

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 2


                                                                                                                                      


Kevin Hobbs # 23 (RFA)

 

AGE:  26

HT:  6'0"

WT:  188

EXP:  3

COL:  Auburn

DFT:  Undrafted


        There's not much to say about Hobbs. He's just not good. The Lion's brought him in as an emergency player but he had to play a good amount because of the injuries and lack of talent in the Lion's secondary.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 37

SACK: 0

FF: 1

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                       


Eric King # 29

 

AGE:  27

HT:  5'10"

WT:  190

EXP:  5

COL: Wake Forest

DFT:  Rd. 5, Pick 156, Bills, 2005

 

       King followed Schwartz over from Tennessee. There was high hopes for King as our nickel corner back but he was injured for most of the season and suspended for our last game. He probably shouldn't be back next year but I'm sure he will be for depth.

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 7

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                      


DeAngelo Smith # 39 (RFA)


AGE:  23

HT:  5'11"

WT:  198

EXP:  R

COL:  Cincinatti

DFT:  Rd. 5, Pick 143, Cowboys, 2009

 

       Smith was brought in from the Cowboy's practice squad. We signed him because our whole secondary was banged up or lacked skills. In his 7 games playing for the Lion's he didn't do to much to help out the secondary problems we had all season long.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 16

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                      


Jack Williams # 42- Placed on IR


AGE: 24

HT:  5'9"

WT:  182

EXP:  2

COL:  Kent State

DFT:  Rd. 4, Pick 119, Broncos 2008

 

      Williams was cut by the Bronco's this year, so we claimed him off of waivers to help our depleting secondary. In the first game Williams played for us, he was injured and placed on IR. This also worked out really well for us.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 17- these tackles were when he was on Denver.

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                     


Brian Witherspoon # 36 (UFA)


AGE:  24

HT:  5'10"

WT:  180

EXP:  2

COL:  Stillman

DFT:  Undrafted

 

       Witherspoon was claimed off of waivers by the Lion's at the end of the season. Mainly for Special Team's but also for depth in our very hurt secondary.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 3

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


Lion's 2009 Team: LB's

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (0)

Starters:

Julian Peterson # 59 (Outside Linebacker)

AGE:  31

HT:  6'3"

WT:  245

EXP:  10

COL:  Michigan State

DFT:  Rd. 1, Pick 16, 49ers, 2000

 

        Julian Peterson was a great pick-up for the Lion's in 2009. Trading a 5th round pick and Cory Redding was well worth it. Redding was an overpaid DE for the Lion's who was only good when he played DT. Peterson is suppose to make a lot of money though next year and the Lion's could possible let him go, which they shouldn't do because the Lion's should keep any Pro Bowl players they actually have.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 76

SACK: 4.5

FF: 5

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                        


Larry Foote # 55 (Inside Linebacker) (UFA)

 

AGE: 29

HT:  6'1"

WT:  239

EXP:  8

COL:  Michigan

DFT:  Rd 4, Pick 128, Steelers, 2002

 

       Foote was another great signing by the Lion's in 2009. Luckily for the Lion's, Foote was cut by the Steelers and he wanted to play in his home town of Detroit. Although he is a FA this year I see the Lion's bringing him back so he can end his career as a Lion in his home town. Foote brings Super Bowl experience to the Lion's, which is very uncommon for us. If I'm not mistaken he may be the only player on our team to have a Super Bowl Ring. Also something else many Lion's can't do is tackle and Foote can do that.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 99

SACK: 2.0

FF: 1

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                     


Ernie Sims # 50 (Outside Linebacker)

 

AGE:  25

HT:  6'0"

WT:  230

EXP:  4

COL:  Florida State

DFT:  Rd 1, Pick 9, Lions, 2006

 

        Sim's is one of the only good pick's Millen had made over his years as the Lion's GM. Although Sim's can't stay healthy enough to prove it. He is a hard hitting, good tackling LB but he just can't stay healthy a whole year to show this. I like Sim's but unfortunately he could easily be trade bait this year with the way Levy played in 2009.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 49

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                      


Backups:

DeAndre Levy # 54 (Outside/Inside Linebacker)

 

AGE:  22

HT:  6'2"

WT:  238

EXP:  R

COL:  Wisconsin

DFT:  Rd. 3, Pick 76, Lions, 2009


         Levy is a monster! He hits hard and doesn't miss tackles. He can get into the backfield as well as do a pretty good job playing zone or man coverage. Levy will be apart of this Lions team for years to come. Picking up Levy in the 3rd round is the best things the Lion's have done in a while. He is by far the best pick we have had in the 3rd round for at least a decade or so. Just look at his stats from this year and to think that is while he was a backup, just wait until he's a starter for the Lion's.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 85

SACK: 0

FF: 1

INT: 1

 

                                                                                                                                      


Jordan Dizon # 57 (Inside Linebacker)

 

AGE:  24

HT:  6'0"

WT:  232

EXP:  2

COL: Colordo

DFT:  Rd. 2, Pick 45, Lions, 2008

 

       Dizon is another project from the Millen Era. But to me I pretty much think this project is over. Dizon has proven he's worth it to stay so I don't see him being on the team much longer. Maybe he will finish out his contract but they won't be offering him a new one after that.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 29

SACK: 1.0

FF: 1

INT: 0

 

                                                                                                                                      


Zach Follett # 49 (Outside Linebacker)- (RFA)


AGE:  22

HT:  6'1"

WT:  232

EXP:  R

COL:  California

DFT:  Rd. 7, Pick 235, Lions, 2009

 

        Follett was another hidden gem in Detroit's 2009 draft just like Levy. Although he didn't see much playing time besides Special Team's but he makes up for it on Special Teams. He is a beast on Special Teams with his hard hitting. I think he could actually transition into playing as a backup Linebacker though too, considering he moved up from our practice squad this year.

 

2009 Statistics:


TACK: 10

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                      


Vinny Ciurciu # 46 (Outside Linebacker) (UFA)


AGE: 29

HT:  6'0"

WT:  235

EXP:  7

COL:  Boston College

DFT:  Undrafted

 

      Much like Follett who was brought up from our practice squad, Ciurciu was signed to only help on special teams.


2009 Statistics:


TACK: 5

SACK: 0

FF: 0

INT: 0


                                                                                                                                                                


Cody Spencer # 53 (Outside Linebacker) (RFA)


AGE: 28

HT:  6'2"

WT:  245

EXP:  6

COL:  North Texas

DFT:  Rd. 6, Pick 182, Raiders, 2004

 

      Spencer was only kept on the team as an emergency backup but he was hurt in the preseason and was placed on IR.

 

2009 Statistics:


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