1:15 PM EDT, Thu April 26, 2018
18 hours ago
Lions notes: Will Detroit be able to find a trade-down partner?

Lions notes: Will Detroit be able to find a trade-down partner?

Detroit should trade down, but can they find a partner? Many, myself included, have suggested that the Detroit Lions should trade down in the first round of the draft. However, it takes two teams to strike a deal. Lions Wire did a good job running down three different scenarios in which a team may want to trade up with Detroit. The Lions have photos from Day 2 of minicamp, and there are some beauties. Our favorite is of DeShawn Shead making (?) this sick catch: Holy crap, @dshead24! https://t.co/hh2MuNA5AS pic.twitter.com/xnNAKNaHHA— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) April 25,...
21 hours ago
Da’Ron Payne to Detroit Lions rumors heating up

Da’Ron Payne to Detroit Lions rumors heating up

Could there be an Alabama reunion coming on the Detroit Lions defensive line? During this week’s episode of the PODcast, Pro Football Focus’ Brett Whitefield nonchalantly dropped a bomb regarding the Detroit Lions’ first round pick. “I think Da’Ron Payne is high on their board,” Whitefield said. “If the cards fall right—there’s a lot of people saying he’s not even going to be there at 20 anymore—but if he is, I think the Lions are taking him.” This comes as a bit of a surprise because Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne doesn’t exactly fit the profile of the Lions’...
23 hours ago
2018 NFL Draft: Completely randomized 1st-round mock

2018 NFL Draft: Completely randomized 1st-round mock

Mock drafts are hard and never right. So here’s an easy one that won’t be right, either. Back in 2013, POD alumnus Sean Yuille started what is my favorite NFL Draft tradition: The completely random mock draft. Back then, the horrible, no-good Detroit Lions ended up taking Geno Smith fifth overall, while Ezekiel Ansah fell to the Rams at 16. Since then, we’ve continued the tradition every year (except when I foolishly forgot last draft). Here’s how it works: I wrote down the top 32 players on Arif Hasan’s Consensus Big Board, which averaged 35 different big boards into one major...
Apr 25, 2018
2018 Lions preseason finalized: Dates, times, TV schedule

2018 Lions preseason finalized: Dates, times, TV schedule

The Lions’ full 2018 schedule is now set. Oddly enough, the NFL’s preseason schedule is not completely finalized until after the regular season schedule comes out. Though the teams and the weeks of each exhibition game were announced a few weeks ago, it wasn’t until Wednesday morning that the entire dates and times of each game were announced. Here is the Detroit Lions’ full preseason schedule, as confirmed by the team. Week 1: Friday, August 10 at Oakland Raiders — 10:30 p.m. ETTV: WJBK-TV FOX 2 (locally only) Week 2: Friday, August 17 vs. New York Giants — 7 p.m. ETTV:...
Apr 25, 2018
2 Detroit alumni will announce Lions draft pick

2 Detroit alumni will announce Lions draft pick

2 recent Lions alumni will be announcing picks for Detroit this weekend. The NFL likes to add some flash and flare to the draft by announcing the picks in a variety of ways. 2018 will be no different, as the Buccaneers will announce one of their Day 3 picks with a parrot, Chewbacca will announce a 49ers pick, and the gold-medaling U.S. Men’s curling team will make the announce a pick for the Vikings. While the Detroit Lions aren’t bringing the weird with their announcers, they will have a few familiar faces to approach the podium. It was announced this week that former Lions receiver...
Apr 25, 2018
2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mathbomb’s Final Consensus

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mathbomb’s Final Consensus

We’ve reached the end, so it’s time to look at the numbers. We’ve been tracking mock drafts since May to bring a consensus of who people think teams are going to take in the draft, compiling 1,200 mocks and putting us in a comfortable position numbers-wise to build a final consensus. We’re going to do things a little bit differently this time, breaking things up from an overall consensus as we’ve done all along ,as well as breaking it up by time period to show how things have changed over time. It’s hard to get more comprehensive than this, and we’ve got ground to cover, so...
Apr 25, 2018
2018 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 3.0 for Detroit Lions

2018 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 3.0 for Detroit Lions

Bob Quinn’s been talking about moving back in the draft to add more picks, so let’s examine what that scenario could look like. Take back the clocks to the release of the last mock draft I published where the pseudo-Lions traded up to the fourth overall pick in the draft. It cost a ton of draft capital to move up just sixteen spots in the first round to have the chance to take NC State’s Bradley Chubb, but the point of that mock wasn’t about getting Chubb; the point of “Mock Draft 2.0” was to answer the question of just how costly it is to move up in the NFL Draft, and come to...
Apr 25, 2018
Open thread: Who should be the top 3 players on the Lions’ big board?

Open thread: Who should be the top 3 players on the Lions’ big board?

Which NFL prospect would be the best case scenario for Detroit? It is the job of all 32 franchises to be prepared for anything when it comes to the NFL Draft. Common sense may tell you that a scenario is unlikely, if not impossible, but strange things happen on Draft Day, and if a general manager is caught off guard, it could result in an unnamed voice in the back of the war-room yelling a random name, and the team winds up with a third-round bust. The Detroit Lions are picking 20th overall in this year’s draft, and that almost certainly means they will not get their highest rated player...
Apr 24, 2018
Notes: Detroit goes running back-less in Lions Wire’s 7-round mock

Notes: Detroit goes running back-less in Lions Wire’s 7-round mock

Could Detroit skip out on a running back for the second straight year? Lions Wire’s Ty Schalter dropped a seven-round Detroit Lions mock on Tuesday. Perhaps most notably, Schalter has the Lions completely skipping out on the running back position. However, the Lions seriously beef up their defense with Schalter’s six picks. Tuesday was the first day of Detroit Lions minicamp, which means it was Matt Patricia’s first time really coaching the team in a practice. DetroitLions.com has a nice photo gallery of the practice and, even better, some highlights. Patricia also met with the...
Apr 24, 2018
VIDEO: Ranking top 8 realistic options for Detroit Lions’ first-round draft pick

VIDEO: Ranking top 8 realistic options for Detroit Lions’ first-round draft pick

Jerry Mallory is back and ranks his top 8 choices for the Lions 20th overall pick in the draft. Jerry Mallory is back, and he’s ready to take on the Detroit Lions’ 2018 NFL Draft. If you missed it last week, Jerry made his triumphant return and broke down the Lions’ 2018 schedule. Today, he turns his attention to the Lions’ first-round draft pick. In the video above, Jerry runs down 14 players he’s sure the Lions won’t have a shot at—some the Lions won’t have any interest in pick, others would only be pipe dreams at 20th overall. Then he turns his attention to the prospects...
Apr 24, 2018
Potential Surge in 1st-round centers could work to Lions’ benefit

Potential Surge in 1st-round centers could work to Lions’ benefit

Don’t panic if there’s a run on centers on Thursday. It’s a fool’s errand to try to accurately predict the NFL Draft. Every year, “first-round prospects” fall to the second round or even beyond. Guys who “we can get in the third round” end up gone 30 picks before expected. In short, the general perceptions of prospects rarely line up with the actual NFL scouts. That being said, as the draft draws nearer, there seems to be late surge in the hype around several offensive linemen. While there has never really been a doubt that a guy like Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson will be...
Apr 24, 2018
PODcast makes Detroit Lions draft predictions with Mathbomb and PFF’s Brett Whitefield

PODcast makes Detroit Lions draft predictions with Mathbomb and PFF’s Brett Whitefield

It’s our final Lions draft preview podcast, with Kent and Brett. Last week, the PODcast welcomed two guests to help preview the this week’s NFL Draft. If you missed it, go back and listen to Alex Reno and Jerry Mallory give their takes on what they think should and will happen on Thursday. This week, we decided to keep the guests rolling in. With Chris and Ryan sidelined this week, our favorite MathBomb Kent Lee Platte seamlessly stepped in, while Pro Football Focus’ Brett Whitefield added his invaluable commentary. The gang went all out on the 2018 NFL Draft, picking our favorite...
Apr 24, 2018
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Todd McShay offer strange but solid Lions 3-round mock

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Todd McShay offer strange but solid Lions 3-round mock

It’s an odd mock, but a good one for the Lions. With the NFL Draft just days away, the mock drafts are coming in hot and fast. ESPN’s top draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are the latest to drop their newest mock, tag-teaming for a three-round mock. The two alternated every pick until they made all 100 picks. Maybe this mock was the result of hearing more about what will actually happen, or maybe the two just put out a quirky mock draft to be different from their past mocks, but it is one of the stranger mock drafts I have seen recently. With the Detroit Lions on the clock...
Apr 24, 2018
Open thread: What is your favorite Detroit Lions mock draft?

Open thread: What is your favorite Detroit Lions mock draft?

Time to share your favorite Lions mock. With the NFL Draft so near, it’s almost the end of mock draft season. Each year, thousands upon thousands of mock drafts come bearing down on the NFL blogosphere, and we eat up each and every one of them, because what else are we going to do? Watch the Red Wings Pistons Tigers? The variety of mock drafts range from ignorant, to genius. From realistic to pie-in-the-sky. So as consumers of more than enough Detroit Lions mock drafts over the past four months, it’s time to share the favorite one you’ve seen so far. Today’s Question of the Day...
Apr 23, 2018
Notes: Detroit Lions to start minicamp football drills on Tuesday!

Notes: Detroit Lions to start minicamp football drills on Tuesday!

It’s another step towards actual football! This isn’t just draft week for the Detroit Lions. They’ll also open the first of two minicamps on Tuesday, which will be head coach Matt Patricia’s first opportunity to run some actual football drills with the team. The team still won’t be able to run full team drills, but Patricia will be able to start installing his mark on the team on both sides of the ball. Lions + Deep Ball = Lots of yards: The Detroit Lions were the only team in the NFL to pick up over 1,000 yards on deep passes to wide receivers in 2017...