12:36 AM EDT, Mon April 12, 2021
10 hours ago
POD Community Mock: With the 25th pick, the Jaguars select...

POD Community Mock: With the 25th pick, the Jaguars select...

Photo by David Madison/ If you’re going to grab a quarterback, you may as well make sure he’s protected. The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have long to celebrate the selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. The Jags have 10 picks in this year’s draft, including two firsts and a two seconds. So on Thursday night, Lawrence will be the main course, but they’ll also have their choice of dessert near the end of the night with the 25th pick in the draft. That’s great news for Pride of Detroit commenter ejpenland, who is the acting general manager...
14 hours ago
Mailbag: Who are some mid-first round options if the Lions trade down?

Mailbag: Who are some mid-first round options if the Lions trade down?

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ We know the top-tier guys in this draft, but what if the Lions trade down? Too often as fans, we narrow our scope for the NFL Draft. We focus heavily on the players that may be available when our team picks—specifically in the first round—and fail to look at the surrounding players that could be our team’s choice if they decide to trade up or trade down (I’m 100 percent guilty of this). Obviously, an NFL general manager can’t approach the draft this way. For them to properly assess if they want to stay with their original pick, trade...
15 hours ago
POD Community Mock: With the 24th pick, the Steelers select...

POD Community Mock: With the 24th pick, the Steelers select...

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Bud Dupree, who? The Pittsburgh Steelers have fallen on hard times. Of course, I say this a bit tongue and cheek. While they haven’t won a playoff game in four seasons, they aren’t deserving of anyone’s sympathy. They haven’t had a losing seasons since 2003, so no one that can legally drive a car in Pittsburgh truly knows what “hard times” means for an NFL franchise. That being said, the future is in limbo for the Steelers. It appears Ben Roethlisberger will stick around for another year or two, but there doesn’t appear...
17 hours ago
What has been your favorite new Lions signing this year?

What has been your favorite new Lions signing this year?

Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis via Imagn Content Services, LLC Which offseason addition has been Detroit’s best? With the Lions under new management, there are a lot of new faces on the roster as Brad Holmes continues to wash away the stink that was left from the Quinntricia era. I’m not sure if, at this point, you can look at the team and really say that any position has greatly improved, but the team is certainly trying to get faster as well as make a true “culture change,” and you love to see it. There haven’t really been any big splash free agency...
Apr 10, 2021
POD Community Mock: With the 23rd pick, the Jets select...

POD Community Mock: With the 23rd pick, the Jets select...

Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via The Jets immediately look to protect their investment. The New York Jets are on the clock again in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, in which our more frequent commenters make picks in our collective mock. The Jets did the unthinkable with the second overall pick... they did exactly what we expect them to and drafted BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Very un-Jets like. But we my be looking at a different Jets team these days. With noted cake enthusiast Robert Saleh now the head coach, New York may be going through a...
Apr 10, 2021
Mock Draft round up: WRs, trades, and new names connected to the Lions

Mock Draft round up: WRs, trades, and new names connected to the Lions

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Mock Drafts haven’t jumped the shark yet... but they’re getting close. In the last few weeks, it’s been all about the wide receivers and which one pairs best with the Detroit Lions. In last week’s round up, Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle was connected to Detroit more than DeVonta Smith (Alabama) and La’Marr Chase (LSU) combined, with players at other positions being left in the distance. This week, with just under three weeks until draft day—and just as things were beginning to look like Waddle was the clear frontrunner—the draft...
Apr 10, 2021
What position should the Lions avoid in the entire 2021 NFL Draft?

What position should the Lions avoid in the entire 2021 NFL Draft?

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/ What position could the Detroit Lions put off in this year’s draft? The other day, I mentioned that Detroit’s approach in free agency thus far did little, if anything, to impact their approach to the 2021 NFL Draft. The Lions new general manager, Brad Holmes, has decided to play the long game when it comes to this rebuild by signing players to one-year contracts and keeping the team’s cap situation as flexible as possible moving forward. For instance, much was made a year ago about Detroit not having a single wide receiver besides rookie...
Apr 10, 2021
POD Community Mock: With the 22nd pick, the Titans select...

POD Community Mock: With the 22nd pick, the Titans select...

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Titans take a calculated risk with their first-round pick. Over the past three years, Detroit Lions fans have often looked to the Tennessee Titans for inspiration. Head coach Mike Vrabel has been able to accomplish everything that Matt Patricia was trying to build in Detroit. Of course, they’ve come up short of the ultimate goal, but three straight seasons with a winning record, two straight playoff appearances and an AFC Championship appearance are far more that Detroit has dreamed of over the past three decades. But they still need to...
Apr 9, 2021
POD Community Mock: With the 21st pick, the Colts select...

POD Community Mock: With the 21st pick, the Colts select...

Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via The Colts get some protection for their quarterback of the future... whoever that may be. The 2020 Indianapolis Colts were one of the most promising teams last season. Despite having to settle for Philip Rivers on his literal last leg at quarterback, they built a well-rounded team that ranked in the top 10 in both offense and defense. Their coaching staff was widely praised—so much so that both offensive and defensive coordinators interviewed for head coaching jobs (their offensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni, landed the job...
Apr 9, 2021
Dan Campbell’s leadership shines in Lions’ behind-the-scenes offseason video

Dan Campbell’s leadership shines in Lions’ behind-the-scenes offseason video

Detroit Lions Inside the Den returns for the 2021 offseason and episode 1 is a must watch! Legendary University of Michigan coach Bo Schembechler wrote a book (along with John U. Bacon) about the fundamentals of leadership called “Bo’s lasting lessons”. The book’s first chapter begins with what Schembechler believes to be the most important factor in being a leader. “Let’s start with first things first: passion,” Schembechler wrote. “Because without that, nothing else I’m going to tell you in this book is going to be worth a damn. It just won’t do...
Apr 9, 2021
Notes: Lions’ frugal secondary is nearly complete

Notes: Lions’ frugal secondary is nearly complete

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Just a few succession pieces are needed to top it off. After signing veterans Corn Elder last week and Quinton Dunbar and Dean Marlowe this week, the Lions should be finished with free agency moves heading into the draft. The addition of Marlowe indicates the team is unlikely to continue pursuing former Broncos safety Will Parks. As pointed out by our Jeremy Reisman, Marlowe has a lot of actual NFL game experience and is likely to compete for a starting spot on defense. He is almost assured of bringing real value even if he does not start on...
Apr 9, 2021
POD Community Mock: With the 20th pick, the Bears select...

POD Community Mock: With the 20th pick, the Bears select...

Photo by Alika Jenner/ Allen Robinson gets a friend. Detroit Lions fans aren’t able to pick fun at many teams in the NFL, but the closest neighbor they can tease is easily the Chicago Bears. The the past three years, they’ve been a team that has been so close to be a true competitor, yet have been clearly one quarterback away. Both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace have worn out their welcome after failing to make Mitchell Trubisky their guy, and their acquisition of Andy Dalton sure hasn’t inspired much confidence in the Windy City. So let’s...
Apr 9, 2021
VIDEO: Dueling Detroit Lions mock drafts: Trade down edition

VIDEO: Dueling Detroit Lions mock drafts: Trade down edition

Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via We ran through two interesting trade-down scenarios. Thursday night, we continued our Thursday Night Mock Draft series, in which several Pride of Detroit staffers team up to do a live mock draft on our YouTube and Twitch channels. Together, we created our own Lions war room and fired up The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine. This week, myself, Ryan Mathews and John Whiticar tested a trade down scenario. The Denver Broncos came calling with the ninth overall pick packaged with a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick. So...
Apr 9, 2021
Open thread: Which pass catcher makes the most sense for the Lions to draft?

Open thread: Which pass catcher makes the most sense for the Lions to draft?

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Detroit will have a ton of receiving options available at the seventh-overall pick. Nothing is set it stone, but the Detroit Lions seem to be in a great spot heading into the NFL Draft. With at least three — possibly four, or maybe even five?! — quarterbacks all but certain to be off the board by the seventh pick, the Lions seemed destined to have most of the top pass catching options still available when they get on the clock. This draft class is unique with so many great prospects at a position Detroit desperately needs to address after...
Apr 8, 2021
Notes: Lions select a receiver in 2020 re-draft

Notes: Lions select a receiver in 2020 re-draft

Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Thoughts? Hindsight is 2020 but what would the Detroit Lions have done differently in the 2020 NFL Draft if they could? Captain Hindsight (for reactions) With this year’s draft just a few weeks away, Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon suggests who each team would have selected — knowing what they know today. For example, he suggests the Washington Football Team would pick Justin Herbert over Chase Young, now knowing that the Dwayne Haskins experiment didn’t quite pan out. Gagnon believes the Lions would pick receiver Justin...