Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 PM EDT Apr 21, 2019 When he first came home from prep school, his football dream on hold as he chased a scholarship that was still years away from materializing, Ka’dar Hollman’s parents told him in no uncertain terms he had to get a job. So Hollman went out and found temp work at a local bread factory, where he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with co-workers at a conveyor belt for eight hours a day, sifting through loaves of bread making sure they were fit to eat. “It’s two lines and everybody smushed together and both of the people beside me asking me where I did my time at, where I went to jail, cause everybody in there’s convicts,” Hollman said. “That really gave me motivation to get to where I want to be.” Hollman lasted all of two weeks at the bread factory before he found another job, loading and unloading Dunkin’ Donut trucks at stores all along the east coast. The … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions draft preview: Ka’dar Hollman takes walk-on path
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:19 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Allen Park — The longer we talk about the NFL draft, the more circular the analysis seems to become. So it's not surprising, with the draft two weeks away, we're coming back to the idea of the Detroit Lions taking a tight end with the No. 8 pick. In his latest mock draft for ESPN, analyst Todd McShay projects ideal, three-round scenarios for each of the league's 32 franchises. In it, he has the Lions taking Iowa's T.J. Hockenson at No. 8, followed by Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson in the second round and Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler in the third. Like many outside observers, McShay acknowledges Detroit's need for another pass rusher. But despite the premium placed on the position, he feels the team can get better value going with Hockenson early, over Michigan's Rashan Gary, Mississippi State's Montez Sweat and Houston interior lineman Ed Oliver. "Sometimes you … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Todd McShay explains why the Detroit Lions should pick T.J. Hockenson over DE at No. 8 pick in NFL draft.
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:09 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 They finally went ahead and did it. The Detroit Lions lost to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday to make official what we here at Draft Watch 2018 knew all along: There will be no playoffs for the Lions this year. When we reprized Draft Watch two weeks ago, we did so believing wholeheartedly that the Lions would miss out on the postseason for a second straight year and snag a top-10 pick in April’s draft. Our patented LIMP rating system — the Lie-down Index Meter Probability — confirmed as much last week, and with two games left in the regular season, that’s exactly where the Lions stand. The Lions are currently seventh in the draft order, according to Tankathon.com, a few strength-of-schedule percentage points behind the only 5-9 team in front of them, the Atlanta Falcons. They have games the next two weeks against division rivals the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, and given the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions draft watch: Pondering a QB as a top-five pick
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:42 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions had a bye last week, and I tried to sneak away from the grind for a couple days to recharge my batteries. Now that we're back in the swing of things, it's time for a mailbag. I sometimes forget how bad it's been for the Lions this year. The team has two interceptions, and just one since the first defensive play of the season, when Quandre Diggs housed rookie Sam Darnold's cross-field attempt. Only two teams have been worse at picking passes. Coach Matt Patricia always talks about defense as the marriage of pass rush and coverage, and, so far, the latter is doing a better job holding up its end of the bargain. Yeah, the Lions are near the top of the league in sacks, but a great deal of those have been the result of good coverage calls and quality execution from the back end in those situations. A significant chunk of interceptions are the result of the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Picking apart the lack of picks
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 7:20 PM EDT Oct 2, 2018 If the 2018 season ended after four weeks — and some Detroit Lions fans may wish it did — the Lions would pick second overall in the 2019 NFL draft April 25. The last time the franchise picked second was in 2010, when it selected Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Lions also picked second in 2007 (Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson) and 2003 (Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers). As a reminder, the NFL draft order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker. Teams 21-32 make the playoffs, so the order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play. Of course, there are 12 games left in this season, so a lot will change. Analysis: Three reasons for hope and concern for Lions at quarter mark Lions film review: How Jamal Agnew set up Kerryon Johnson's TD Still, it's surprising the Lions are already in the cellar … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions would pick 2nd in 2019 NFL draft if season ended