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Lions assign numbers to draft picks, other players

Most of the Detroit Lions' draft picks now have numbers, as do most of the team's previous offseason acquisitions. Also, several players from last season have changed numbers. With the NFL Draft in the books, the Detroit Lions have started assigning numbers to their 2015 draft class, as well as other players they acquired this offseason. In addition, some Lions players from last season have decided to change numbers. Via the Lions, here's the full rundown: Draft picks RB Ameer Abdullah: No. 21 DT Gabe Wright: No. 90 FB Michael Burton: No. 46 CB Quandre Diggs: No. 36 OT Corey Robinson:...

A closer look at the Lions' offensive line overhaul

The Detroit Lions have invested a lot of early draft picks in their offensive line in recent years. Here's a closer look at how they have overhauled their offensive line. Just three short years ago, the Detroit Lions had a starting offensive line that looked like this: LT Jeff BackusLG Rob SimsC Dominic RaiolaRG Stephen PetermanRT Gosder Cherilus During the 2013 offseason, Backus retired, Peterman was released and Cherilus signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent. Sims and Raiola remained for the two seasons after that, but the Lions decided against re-signing Raiola this...

What needs remain for the Lions following the draft?

What are the Detroit Lions' biggest remaining needs following the 2015 NFL Draft? How did the 2015 NFL Draft affect the Detroit Lions' list of needs? First, let's recap the needs they addressed during the draft: Offensive guard (Laken Tomlinson, plus Manny Ramirez via a trade) Running back (Ameer Abdullah) Cornerback (Alex Carter and Quandre Diggs) Defensive tackle (Gabe Wright) Fullback (Michael Burton) Offensive tackle (Corey Robinson) In the first round, the Lions not only drafted Laken Tomlinson to be their starting left guard, but they also acquired Manny Ramirez in a trade with the...
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2015 NFL Draft results: Lions' picks by the numbers

Let's break down the Detroit Lions' 2015 NFL Draft class by the numbers. The Detroit Lions made seven total picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. They came into the draft with only six picks, and thanks to three different trades, their number of picks increased to seven, decreased back to six and then later once again increased to seven. Because of those trades, the Lions only ended up using three of their original picks (second round, sixth round and seventh round). Their picks in the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds came from the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and...

2015 NFL Draft grades: Rate the Lions' picks

What grade do you give the Detroit Lions for the 2015 NFL Draft? Now that you've had a couple of days to reflect on the Detroit Lions' 2015 NFL Draft, it's time to vote on a grade for their seven picks. We've already looked at what kind of grades the Lions are getting from national analysts, and our Alex Reno handed out grades of his own, but now it's your turn to hand out a grade. As a reminder, here is the Lions' 2015 draft class: Round 1 - Pick No. 28 (28) - OG Laken Tomlinson (Duke) Round 2 - Pick No. 22 (54) - RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) Round 3 - Pick No. 16 (80) - CB Alex...

Lions notes: Laken Tomlinson, Alex Carter, more

Lions notes looks at various tidbits on Laken Tomlinson, Alex Carter and much more. The Detroit Lions haven't officially handed out numbers for their entire 2015 draft class just yet, but we already know that second-round pick Ameer Abdullah is taking No. 21, which is Reggie Bush's old number. Also, Manny Ramirez will once again be No. 63, and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson is attempting to wear No. 77. Laken Tomlinson will have a talk with Cornelius Lucas about No. 77. We shall see on that one. — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 2, 2015 Tomlinson's goals in life go far beyond...

2016 NFL mock draft: Who might Lions target in first round next year?

Who might the Detroit Lions take in the 2016 NFL Draft? Let's examine some very early 2016 NFL mock drafts. It goes without saying that it's way, way, way too early to even start thinking about the 2016 NFL Draft. The 2015 edition of the event just concluded on Saturday, and a lot is going to change from now until next year as it relates to the draft. With that disclaimer out of the way, it's time to take a look at some 2016 NFL mock drafts! What direction might the Detroit Lions go in for their first-round pick next year? Here's a very early look: SB Nation's Dan Kadar: OT Jack Conklin...

NFL Draft grades 2015: Mel Kiper, others chime in on Lions' picks

Let's take a look at what kind of draft grades the Detroit Lions have received for their 2015 picks. To truly evaluate a team's NFL Draft class, you need at least two or three years to get a sense of how it has performed. Some players might step it up or wash out before then, but for a complete picture of how a draft went, it takes at least a couple of years to figure things out. Of course, waiting two or three years to evaluate a draft class isn't much fun, which is why draft grades are so popular. The process of handing out grades for players who have never played a down in the NFL may...

VIDEO: Draft Night In Detroit

Jerry Mallory and company take a look back at what the Detroit Lions did during the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.

2015 NFL Draft: Lions' Day 3 picks talk about being drafted

Here's a recap of what the Detroit Lions' four Day 3 picks had to say after being drafted. The Detroit Lions made four picks on Saturday, and each player spoke with the media after being drafted. Here's a recap of their comments: Round 4 - DT Gabe Wright (Auburn) On his relationship with former Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley: Gabe Wright said Nick Fairley was a tutor of sorts for him. Said Fairley told him comparisons would be natural, but to be his own man. — Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 2, 2015 On his versatility and work ethic: Gabe Wright says he has versatility...

2015 NFL Draft: Alex Carter talks about being picked by Lions

Here's a look back at what Alex Carter had to say after being picked by the Detroit Lions in the third round. The Detroit Lions selected Stanford cornerback Alex Carter with the 80th overall pick on Friday. After being picked, Carter spoke with the media, and below is a recap of what he had to say. (Quotes provided by the Lions.) On what went through his mind when he received the call from the Lions: "My whole family jumped up around me, everyone was happy. We've been sitting, waiting for the past two nights, so it was just a big relief to hear my name called and get that phone call." ...

Recapping Ameer Abdullah's introductory press conference

The Detroit Lions officially introduced second-round pick Ameer Abdullah on Saturday. Here's a recap of the press conference. Here's a recap of Ameer Abdullah's introductory press conference with the Detroit Lions: Official introduction and a photo op with Roary New #Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: pic.twitter.com/5r5KdL5ScJ — Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) May 2, 2015 RB @Ameerguapo meeting @RoaryNFL on his tour of the #Lions' facility. pic.twitter.com/13C4gdpzUw — Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 2, 2015 Jim Caldwell On Abdullah's character: Caldwell on Abdullah: "You can see he...

2015 NFL Draft: Lions coaches discuss Day 3 picks

Various Detroit Lions coaches spoke on Saturday about the team's Day 3 picks. On the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions had their coordinators and position coaches break down their picks. Below is a recap of their comments. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin On how fourth-round pick Gabe Wright will fit in the defense: Teryl Austin calls Wright a hard competitor who fits mold of what Lions like at DT -- a penetrator who attacks. — Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) May 2, 2015 Wright will open as part of the DT rotation, but Lions expect him to develop into a...

Riley Reiff expected to stay at left tackle

The Detroit Lions are planning to keep Riley Reiff at left tackle this year. Going into this year's draft, there was a lot of speculation about where Riley Reiff will play on the offensive line in 2015. This has really become an annual offseason tradition, although the Detroit Lions did finally close the door on the possibility of him moving to guard. The door was left wide open for Reiff potentially switching from left to right tackle, though, even after the Lions picked up his fifth-year option. Basically, the thinking was that if the Lions used their first-round pick on a tackle, that...
Pride Of Detroit May 3, 2015

Lions draft picks 2015: Ameer Abdullah's greatest GIFs

Meet the Detroit Lions' newest running back through the majesty of GIFs. Ameer Abdullah, the Detroit Lions' second-round pick this year, is an explosive running back sure to create a large portfolio of NFL highlights. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's take a look back at his college career and some of the moments he has already created. Perhaps Abdullah's greatest highlight also displays every one of his strengths. He has great hands, incredible elusiveness, fearlessness of contact and great vision. Granted, his opponents were from the great state of McNeese, but this play...
Pride Of Detroit May 3, 2015

2015 NFL Draft grades: Grading the Detroit Lions' picks

Pride Of Detroit's Alex Reno takes a closer look at the Detroit Lions' 2015 NFL Draft class, hands out grades and examines each player's role moving forward. Last year, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew explained that he wanted three starters, three role players and three developmental players from each draft. That's a difficult task when you only have seven picks, but let's give it a shot anyway. Here are my grades for each of the seven picks, along with "Mayhew's role." 1st round (28): Laken Tomlinson (Duke), Offensive Guard This pick looks so much sexier when you include the...

Martin Mayhew wraps up Lions' 2015 NFL Draft

A look at what Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew had to say about his team's 2015 NFL Draft. Below is a recap of what Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew had to say following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft. On sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs: Mayhew saying Quandre Diggs is a nickel, at least for now — Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) May 3, 2015 Mayhew said injuries at nickel last year played a role in decision-making this year. "Better to have too many than not enough." — Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 3, 2015 On La'el Collins: Martin Mayhew on what the...

Detroit Lions draft picks 2015: A look at this year's class

A rundown of the Detroit Lions' seven picks from the 2015 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions had four major needs coming into the 2015 NFL Draft: offensive line, running back, cornerback and defensive tackle. Fittingly, those positions turned out to be the Lions' first four picks with them adding a left guard in the first round, a running back in the second, a cornerback in the third and a defensive tackle in the fourth. The Lions then closed out the draft with a fullback, another cornerback and an offensive tackle. In all, the Lions ended up making seven picks this year. Here's a look at their...

2015 NFL Draft results: Lions pick Corey Robinson

The Detroit Lions have selected Corey Robinson with the 240th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. With their seventh pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and the 240th overall selection, the Detroit Lions have selected South Carolina offensive tackle Corey Robinson. What are your thoughts on this pick? 2015 NFL Draft resources: Detroit Lions 2015 draft picks Detroit Lions roster Detroit Lions pre-draft visits NFL Draft results NFL Draft StoryStream Poll What grade should the Lions get for this pick? A B C D F ...

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