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Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 10 hours ago
2014 NFL mock draft: Eagles select Odell Beckham Jr.

2014 NFL mock draft: Eagles select Odell Beckham Jr.

The Philadelphia Eagles take Odell Beckham Jr. with the 22nd pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 22nd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. N4ry4 is serving as the Eagles' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. The Eagles may have re-signed Riley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Maclin (who was out all of last year), but parting with DeSean Jackson creates a huge hole in this offense. This team needs a playmaker who can threaten defenses deep. Odell Beckham Jr. offers that and...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 12 hours ago
2014 NFL mock draft: Packers select Louis Nix

2014 NFL mock draft: Packers select Louis Nix

The Green Bay Packers take Louis Nix with the 21st pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 21st pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Green Bay Packers select Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix. Jettero2112 is serving as the Packers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. The Packers have quite a few needs coming into this draft. I looked hard at the SS, ILB and DT positions the most, with WR as a secondary option. With Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix off the board, I believe it would be a reach to grab one of the next available safeties in...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 14 hours ago
Lions host Marqise Lee, two others for pre-draft visits

Lions host Marqise Lee, two others for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions brought in three more players for pre-draft visits on Thursday, including USC wide receiver Marqise Lee. Three more 2014 NFL Draft prospects visited the Detroit Lions on Thursday, according to Tim Twentyman: USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and Mississippi State defensive end Denico Autry. Lee was at one time considered one of the top receivers in this year's draft, but Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans have really separated themselves from the pack. Lee seems unlikely to be an option at No. 10 as a result, but if the Lions move down in the first...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 15 hours ago

2014 NN community mock draft: With the 10th pick, the Detroit Lions select ...

The 2014 Niners Nation NFL mock draft is off and running. We move on to the Detroit Lions, courtesy of user germinator. We're back for the tenth pick of the 2014 Niners Nation Community Mock Draft. You can see previous picks below in the draft table. You can also follow the mock draft board through this story stream. With the tenth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, germinator and the Detroit Lions select Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. Some of the alternates he considered included Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert, Pitt DT Aaron Donald, and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks (via trade back). Here are his...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 15 hours ago
Lions notes: Defensive ends, Matthew Stafford, more

Lions notes: Defensive ends, Matthew Stafford, more

Lions notes looks at the high expectations for Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, Matthew Stafford's interest in the draft and much more. Why didn't the Detroit Lions put more of an emphasis on finding help at defensive end in free agency? They seem quite confident in Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor. Teryl Austin said he expects "big improvement" from both Ziggy Ansah & Devin Taylor. Taylor reported last week heavier but in better shape — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 15, 2014 Matthew Stafford isn't too different from fans when it comes to the draft process. From the Lions' official...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 17 hours ago

2014 NFL mock draft: Cardinals select Ryan Shazier

The Arizona Cardinals take Ryan Shazier with the 20th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 20th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. Reno09 is serving as the Cardinals' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. This was a tough decision to make. In a perfect world, one of the top three OTs would fall in the Cardinals' lap, or they would trade up for one in hopes of attempting to fix their awful offensive line. My next option was to either address some holes in the secondary or at the...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 19 hours ago

2014 NFL mock draft database: Lions picks as of April 17

What are 2014 NFL mock drafts predicting the Detroit Lions to do? Our mock draft database has the answer. It's been nearly a month since our 2014 NFL mock draft database for the Detroit Lions was last updated. Since then, all of the major moves in free agency have taken place, and analysts have had even more time to think about what teams might do and where players should land in the draft. This has resulted in some interesting developments in our latest mock draft database update. Check it out: Site Name Date Round 1 (Pick No. 10) Round 2 (Pick No. 45) Round 3 (Pick No. 76) Pride Of...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 22 hours ago
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2014 NFL mock draft: Dolphins select Zack Martin

2014 NFL mock draft: Dolphins select Zack Martin

The Miami Dolphins take Zack Martin with the 19th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 19th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Miami Dolphins select Notre Dame offensive tackle/guard Zack Martin. Nate D. is serving as the Dolphins' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. Miami's pick here seems nearly destined to be. The team is desperately in need of a consistent starter on its offensive line after allowing a league- and franchise-worst 58 (!!!) sacks last year. Three starters from last year, Tyson Clabo, John Jerry and Richie ...
2014 NFL mock draft: Jets select Brandin Cooks

2014 NFL mock draft: Jets select Brandin Cooks

The New York Jets take Brandin Cooks with the 18th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 18th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the New York Jets select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks. JWurm is serving as the Jets' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. The Jets need help on offense. A lot of help. Outside of Eric Decker, the Jets don't have much to work with at the receiver position. Stephen Hill is slated to start, and that's certainly not ideal. In 23 games, Hill has only caught 45 balls for 594 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not what ...
Pride Of Detroit Apr 16, 2014
Mid-round draft prospect: WR Bruce Ellington

Mid-round draft prospect: WR Bruce Ellington

Our overview of later-round draft prospects begins with an intriguing slot receiver: Bruce Ellington. By now, we've pretty much exhausted all viable possibilities for the Detroit Lions' first-round pick in the 2014 draft. Now it's time to dig a little deeper and see what the draft has to offer beyond the first day. I want to begin this series with an interesting prospect to fit the Lions' need for a receiver: Bruce Ellington. Ellington was a two-sport athlete at South Carolina (football and basketball). In his three-year career as a wide receiver, he totaled 106 receptions for 1,586 yards...
Lions host Jadeveon Clowney, John Brown for pre-draft visits

Lions host Jadeveon Clowney, John Brown for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions brought in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown for visits on Wednesday. The Detroit Lions continued their pre-draft visits on Wednesday by bringing in perhaps the best player in this year's class, as well as a lower-profile player who performed quite well at the combine. Let's start with perhaps the best player in this year's draft. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney visited the Lions on Wednesday despite there being no chance of him falling to the 10th overall pick. Clowney, in all likelihood, will be...
Lions notes: Jim Caldwell, Joe Lombardi, more

Lions notes: Jim Caldwell, Joe Lombardi, more

Lions notes looks at Jim Caldwell's message to this year's team, Joe Lombardi's plans for the offense and much more. Jim Caldwell's message to the 2014 Detroit Lions is pretty simple: Win now. Lewand said Caldwell at team meeting last week put up a slide that said: "Win and win now." Pressure's on. — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 15, 2014 Joe Lombardi is planning to incorporate "elements" of the New Orleans Saints offense, Caldwell's Indianapolis Colts offenses and last year's Lions offense into his scheme for this year's team. Lombardi envisions Reggie Bush and Joique Bell...
2014 NFL mock draft: Ravens select Calvin Pryor

2014 NFL mock draft: Ravens select Calvin Pryor

The Baltimore Ravens take Calvin Pryor with the 17th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 17th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Scottishlionsfan is serving as the Ravens' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. So drafting for the Ravens actually produced a number of striking similarities to the Lions: They have a need at safety after one left via free agency, and there is a need for a No. 2/3 receiver. The only difference is that the Ravens' O-line could use more work and they have...
2014 NFL mock draft: The case for Aaron Donald going to the Lions

2014 NFL mock draft: The case for Aaron Donald going to the Lions

Another defensive tackle in the first round for the Detroit Lions? It's actually a pretty interesting idea. There hasn't been much discussion this offseason about the possibility of the Detroit Lions taking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 10th overall pick. That's not really surprising, as this position isn't even remotely a need right now. Donald is a talented player, but the Lions are already loaded at defensive tackle with Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, C.J. Mosley, Vaughn Martin, Andre Fluellen and others. But what if the Lions decide to take a defensive tackle in the...
2014 NFL mock draft: Cowboys select Timmy Jernigan

2014 NFL mock draft: Cowboys select Timmy Jernigan

The Dallas Cowboys take Timmy Jernigan with the 16th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 16th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Sgdbw90 is serving as the Cowboys' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. Flash back to the 2007 Lions -- started 6-2, struggled to the finish, but held their own on both sides of the ball. They had a defensive front that was anchored by Shaun Rogers and Cory Redding, who may have been two of the top 15 DTs in football. Flash forward one year...
2014 NFL mock draft: Steelers select Justin Gilbert

2014 NFL mock draft: Steelers select Justin Gilbert

The Pittsburgh Steelers take Justin Gilbert with the 15th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 15th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. Ncbur10 is serving as the Steelers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. The Steelers are in a bit of a rebuilding phase, as evidenced by their uncharacteristic participation in free agency. They have addressed several positions, such as safety, wide receiver, running back and nose tackle, which leaves fewer true holes to fill, but if...
Lions host Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Nate Freese for pre-draft visits

Lions host Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Nate Freese for pre-draft visits

The Detroit Lions brought in a tight end and a kicker as they continued their pre-draft visits on Tuesday. The Detroit Lions hosted three players for pre-draft visits on Tuesday. One of them, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, was believed to have visited on Monday, but he didn't actually meet with the Lions until Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the Lions hosted Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Boston College kicker Nate Freese. The Lions actually previously worked out Seferian-Jenkins, according to Dave Birkett, but they decided to bring him in for a visit as well. At...
Lions notes: Darqueze Dennard, Aaron Murray, more

Lions notes: Darqueze Dennard, Aaron Murray, more

Lions notes looks at Darqueze Dennard, Aaron Murray, workout news and more. There has been a lot of recent news involving players who have worked out for the Detroit Lions in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft. Let's start with Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. He told the Free Press on Saturday that he worked out for the Lions -- defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, more specifically -- last month. Dennard, who could be a candidate for the 10th overall pick, said the workout "went real well." Pro Football Talk reports that the Lions are one of the teams that have requested a private...
2014 NFL mock draft: Bears select Aaron Donald

2014 NFL mock draft: Bears select Aaron Donald

The Chicago Bears take Aaron Donald with the 14th pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft. With the 14th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Chicago Bears select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. DLions4Eva is serving as the Bears' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below. I decided to pick the top defensive tackle in the draft in Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald for the Bears despite having the top corner, the second best safety and the top middle linebacker left on the board. Defensive tackle, to me, appeared to be the biggest priority other than ...

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