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Pride Of Detroit May 4, 2016

Lions notes: Taylor Decker's jersey number, Lions hire new scout

The Detroit Lions rookies are starting to select their numbers. Taylor Decker has officially chosen #68 as his number for the Detroit Lions. The number previously belonged to Darren Keyton, but the veteran must have given Decker permission to take it.  After firing two scouts on Monday, the Lions have hired former New England Patriots scouting director Jay Muraco as an area scout.  LeCharles Bentley, who helped train Taylor Decker in the lead-up to the draft, fawned over Decker's commitment to the game in an interview with MLive's Justin Rogers.  Pro Football Focus, on the other...
Pride Of Detroit May 4, 2016

Meet the 2016 Detroit Lions draft class: Antwione Williams is a hustler and a tackler

The Detroit Lions' newest linebacker is an athletic player with a very high upside. One of the most unknown players from the 2016 Detroit Lions draft class is fifth-round selection, linebacker Antwione Williams. Williams played college ball in Georgia Southern, a former FCS school whose record has been 18-7 since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. Because of the nature of a small school team, there isn't a lot of information out there on Williams or where he'll fit in with the Detroit Lions. But with a little digging, an interesting prospect emerges. Background Williams grew up in...
Pride Of Detroit May 4, 2016

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Pride Of Detroit May 3, 2016

Braxston Cave, Casey Pierce waived by the Lions

The post-draft cuts are on. Per the official transaction report, center Braxston Cave and practice squad tight end Casey Pierce were waived by the Lions on Tuesday. The draft is always a special time for new faces and young men entering the NFL, but the week after usually spells doom for those barely clinging to a spot on the roster. Two such names became casualties of the post-draft cuts on Tuesday for the Detroit Lions: backup center Braxston Cave and practice squad tight end Casey Pierce. The two were officially waived by the Lions in the early evening to stay below the 90-man roster...
Pride Of Detroit May 3, 2016

Next man up: Caraun Reid (Part two)

Continuing the analysis of DT Caraun Reid's development from the early 2015 season. Next man up is a series of articles examining players further down the depth chart, particularly young players being developed for larger roles. This time, we continue our review of defensive tackle Caraun Reid. For the first article in this series, see Next man up: Caraun Reid (Part one). Holding the Point of Attack From last time, something we wanted to examine was how Reid has been able to deal with double teams and his technical work both in one-on-one situations and as part of the overall defensive...
Pride Of Detroit May 3, 2016

Lions notes: Detroit fires two scouts after the draft

Bob Quinn continues to fine tune his scouting department. After overturning a huge amount of his scouting department back in January, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has fired two more scouts after the draft. These scouts were leftovers from previous regimes, one having been with the team for 20 years.  According to one analytics site that uses a complicated algorithm, the Lions had the eighth-best draft in the NFL. This is opposed to Pro Football Focus, who gave the Lions a C grade. NFL programs used to be weird and awesome: (h/t: DetroitJockCity): Design of the day goes...
Pride Of Detroit May 2, 2016

The PODcast #33: Complete recap of the 2016 NFL Draft for the Detroit Lions

We took your calls and our insight and combined them to make one great big recap to the weekend's draft action A mega-crew showed up, we had calls from around the globe, fun in Chicago and now we've produced a wild PODcast for you as we all continue to make sense of this past long weekend. The Pride Of Detroit PODcast thunders on as we got together on Sunday and recorded this number for your ears. But you helped, dear reader. You also sent us calls to our brand-new call-in line (1-313-757-2981) with your reactions to who the Lions drafted and how well you thought they did. This is a...
Pride Of Detroit May 2, 2016

Lions sign former Titans linebacker Zaviar Gooden

The Detroit Lions added some more linebacker depth on Monday. Now begins phase two of free agency. Teams have an entirely new depth chart, meaning franchises will be adding scraps left over from free agency and trimming sections of the roster where they now have an abundance. We already saw the Chicago Bears release Antrel Rolle and Matt Slauson earlier in the day, and now the Detroit Lions are making a move. Monday, the team announced they've signed linebacker Zaviar Gooden. Gooden is a former third-round selection in the 2013 draft, who came into the league sporting extreme speed (4.47...
Pride Of Detroit May 2, 2016

Next man up: Caraun Reid (Part one)

Checking on DT Caraun Reid's development from the early 2015 season Next man up is a series of articles examining players further down the depth chart, particularly young players being developed for larger roles. This time, we are looking at defensive tackle Caraun Reid. Draft Flashback Selected in the fifth round with the 158th pick in 2014 Signed four-year deal through 2017 POD Scouting Report from POD 2014 Draft coverage POD 2014 Draft coverage: Caraun Reid talks about being picked by Lions Basically every draft profile mentioned Reid's conditioning and energy, playing hard all...
Pride Of Detroit May 2, 2016

2016 NFL Draft results: Lions' winners and losers

The Detroit Lions 2016 draft changed a lot of things for a lot of players on the Lions' roster. With the Detroit Lions 2016 depth chart now thoroughly jumbled after the 2016 NFL Draft, it's time to see which players have benefited, and which have suffered the most from the Lions' ten new additions. Winners Matthew Stafford - Remember last year when Stafford left Minnesota bruised, battered and depressed? Well, general manager Bob Quinn did everything he can to make sure that never happens. The Lions added three offensive lineman in their first five draft picks over the long weekend. Now,...
Pride Of Detroit May 2, 2016

2016 Detroit Lions post-draft projected depth chart

An estimated guess at what the Detroit Lions depth chart now looks like. Now that the Detroit Lions have ten new fresh faces on the roster, it's time to look back at the positional breakdown and see where each player stands. Some players once believed to be integral parts of the Lions' future, now have to wonder if they'll be looking for a new job come August. Meanwhile, others who may have been afraid of losing their spot to a shiny, new rookie may have breathed a sigh of relief when the Lions passed on upgrading their position over the weekend. Let's look at who's in, who's out, and who...
Pride Of Detroit May 1, 2016

Welcome to the Pride: Kent Lee Platte

Please welcome Kent Lee Platte to Pride Of Detroit. I have been writing about football on and off since about 2009. At the time, I was moving to San Antonio, TX and it was a fun way for me to stay connected to the team I love. It was soon after I was introduced to the Twitter, this miraculous device that allowed me to communicate with people I never would have had the opportunity to otherwise. Back then, I was given inspiration to write and it was both enjoyable and rewarding. In 2012, like a wrestler who finally found his gimmick to get over (I'm not really much of a WWE fan, but I think...
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2016 NFL Draft Results: Detroit Lions add Taylor Decker to help rebuild O-Line

Taylor Decker gives Detroit an offensive lineman to build around With the 16th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker. Decker measures in at 6'7" and 315 pounds. The Lions get a very nice addition to the offensive line in Taylor Decker. Decker fits as a nice right tackle and will be a good player for the Lions to build around. He won tons of awards, including All-American honors this past year, and has a tough demeanor to give the Lions hope in the running game. He has very good technique in his pass set and really excels in the run...
Lions Gab Apr 28, 2016

Lions Draft OT Taylor Decker with the 16th Pick in the First Round

After an unpredictable first half of the first round, the Lions finally made their pick.  While it looked like the Lions might get a shot at Laremy Tunsil, he went 3 picks before the Lions were on the clock.  Decker was the last of the upper tier of tackles, but he is the one that […]
Lions Gab Apr 28, 2016

Lions Draft Targets at 16

The Detroit Lions are currently slated to select in the 16th slot of the first round tonight.  The top two picks of the draft have already been traded and many experts are predicting more trades.  I don’t anticipate a trade up for the Lions since they have such limited draft capital in the first three […]
Pride Of Detroit Apr 28, 2016

Lions notes: DeAndre Levy makes powerful statement on combating sexual assault

Also, no consensus among analyst among who the Lions will take at no. 16 in the draft Just how unpredictable is this draft for the Lions? MLive collected the predictions from 92 media analysts and found that they chose at least 20 different players. Nothing is certain. DeAndre Levy had an article go up on the Player's Tribune on Wednesday with a simple but powerful message about domestic violence, sexual assault and the dehumanization of women in our culture: An important message from @Lions LB DeAndre Levy on sexual assault and defining consent. https://t.co/7B0UQo2mvI...
Pride Of Detroit Apr 28, 2016

Myles Jack to Detroit Lions? Todd McShay thinks it's possible

The ESPN draft expert picks linebacker Myles Jack to land in Detroit in his final mock draft of 2016. Myles Jack is a name that hasn't appeared much on the Detroit Lions' radar. Most believe the former UCLA linebacker is bound to go in the top ten of the draft, perhaps even the top five. But lately, concerns over Jack's knee injury has him sliding in mock drafts. How late? Well, ESPN's Todd McShay actually has Jack falling all the way to the Lions at 16 overall in his final mock draft. McShay couldn't avoid the temptation: Jack is falling on some teams' boards because of questions...
Pride Of Detroit Apr 28, 2016

Mock draft 2016: Full seven-round mock draft for the Lions

Jerry Mallory gives his final seven-round mock draft.
Pride Of Detroit Apr 26, 2016

NFL Draft prospect: Is Kevin Dodd a better fit for Lions than Shaq Lawson?

Shaq Lawson is a popular pick for the Lions, but is his teammate Kevin Dodd a better option? As we inch closer to draft day, final mock drafts are popping up everywhere. A popular selection for the Detroit Lions with their 16th overall pick has been Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. It's easy to see why. Lawson is a physical beast of a man who manhandled offensive tackles all through college. Throughout draft season, Lawson has been touted as one of the nation's best defensive end prospects and a potential game-changing player. The Lions absolutely have a need for defensive end, so this...
Pride Of Detroit Apr 26, 2016

Lions notes: Detroit takes Shaq Lawson in beat writer's mock

The final batch of mock drafts are coming in, and some familiar names are popping up. Beat writers for every team collaborated on a first-round mock draft for the Los Angeles Times. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett represented the Detroit Lions and ended up selecting Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson.  In Peter King's mock draft, he has the Lions selecting the ever-popular choice of defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson from Alabama.  The Lions may be in the market for a late-round quarterback, so here's Pro Football Focus' three sleeper prospects in this year's draft.  MLive's...

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