Thursday, April 28, 2005

DRAFT DISH:

- from FOXSports.com

The addition of WR Mike Williams will give opposing defensive coordinators a case of the willies. With Williams, Roy Williams and a healthy Charles Rogers, the Lions' staple will be a three-receiver offense that will force opponents into a nickel defense on first down. Few teams have the cornerbacks to match up with the size and speed of the Lions' three high first-round selections. The team had one thing in mind when it drafted DE Shaun Cody: Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rogers. Cody is an excellent pass rusher from the tackle spot, where he'll team with Rogers on passing downs. In that scenario, he should face a steady diet of single-team blocking, and the Lions believe he is good enough to exploit that. CB Stanley Wilson is unpolished but has excellent speed.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

New Uniforms

The Lions unveiled their new alternate uniforms right before the start of the new draft season. The new uniforms do look pretty fly. Maintaining the old school blue within the sleeved and the numbers, the uniforms acquired an intense look with black. Check it out on the official website of the Detroit Lions. You will agree with me.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

DRAFT WHISPERS:

- from FOXSports.com

The Lions want to do what most teams in the top 15 want to do: trade down and get more value. Because that isn't likely, they probably will stand pat at No. 10 and -- unlike previous seasons -- take the best player available regardless of need. The team is more likely to make trades in the second and third rounds to acquire targeted players. Though president Matt Millen believes the foundation of a team is its offensive and defensive lines, he knows the Lions have sorely lacked playmakers on both sides of the ball. If he can make an upgrade at a position such as receiver or cornerback that seemingly is set, he will do it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards visited the Detroit Lions headquarters recently to take a tour of the facility and associate himself a little more with the franchise. Coming from the University of Michigan, the receiver is a top prospect for many teams and is presumed to be drafted during the first 10 picks of the first round.

Edwards racked up an extreme 97 receptions for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2004 school year. Hopefully, the Cowboys will be able to attain him and perfect his skill.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

Second-year running back Kevin Jones exploded onto the scene in the second half of last season, and he averaged 113 yards in the final eight games. Jones, though, is still a little rough around the edges, and the Lions want to smooth those out during the offseason. Jones still needs work on learning blitz pickups and must also get better in learning routes. Detroit's screen game was poor last year, partly because the running backs didn't do a good job of selling it. Now that the Lions have upgraded their line with players who can block in space, the screen can be a valuable weapon.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Lions and Youth Programs

The Detroit Lions are scheduled to host two programs directed towards the youth. The programs (a Youth Football Camp and a Coaching Academy) will take place this summer and are open to youth (male and female) between the ages of 6-15.

Maybe this can establish a new draft. Find potential players while they are young and develop their skills throughout High School. In a way, this could develop superhuman players that could dominate the game.

But, moreover on a serious note, it is good that the Lions are putting together youth programs to get younger athletes interested in pursuing their dreams.

Go Lions!