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Ep. 191, Part 2: Bold Predictions and a Thankful Farewell

For the last part of Detroit Lions Radio, we read off the best bold predictions we could find from around the web. Great contributors like Jeff Risdon, Erik Schlitt and most of the Pride of Detroit crew weighed in, giving us great fodder for our last debates.

Again, we thank each and every one of you for taking this ride with us. It has been an amazing four years. We encourage you to carry on the Detroit Lions podcast traditions with great shows like Detroit Lions Podcast, Detroit Lions Breakdown and PODcast.

We loved every minute of it. We hoped you enjoyed at least a few minutes of it. So for one last time…

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Ep. 191, Part 1: Bold Predictions and a Thankful Farewell

And that’s it, folks. Our last episode. Of course, we had to make it a two-parter to cover our favorite moments, the embarrassing ones and detail the reasons that it’s time for us to move on.

We want to thank you listeners, our contributors and everybody else who has helped use enjoy the last four years. This first part is more focused on the reminiscing. That leaves a second part full of bold predictions from us and all of our best contributors on the upcoming Detroit Lions 2017 season.

Ep. 190: Eric Ebron, the Tight Ends, and the Status Quo

If Eric Ebron is in the news, you can bet he’s leading the next episode of Detroit Lions Radio. And guess what?

Eric Ebron was in the news.

The confident tight end told the press that he and his buddy Bob were talking about his contract situation. Is this a good thing? And what production would it take to merit a higher investment moving forward?

The conversation then naturally turned to the state of the tight end position. Are the Lions better off than last year? And what about Detroit’s refusal to sign another running back? Does the backfield in its current state inspire confidence?

Finally, we rounded the show about by talking about a Pride of Detroit piece breaking down the most important non-Matthew Stafford Lions.

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Ep. 189: How Did the Lions Improve via the NFL Draft?

The only offseason question that truly matters after an NFL season is how much your team improved. Since this is a Detroit Lions podcast, we decided to stick to the script and see how the boys in Honolulu Blue have gotten better.

First, two had to look at each pick individually. What better place to start than first-round linebacker Jarrad Davis? While we gave some quick thoughts last week, we dove deeper into the pool to see how he will fit within the defense.

Then we moved through Teez Tabor and talked about the roles wide receiver Kenny Galladay and tight end Michael Roberts can fill before hitting on the late defensive additions. In the end, we had to decide whether this team was in a better spot than it was a month ago. We agreed although we have slightly different expectations for next season.

Ep. 188: NFL Draft Aftermath

The guys dig into the draft picks, picking out their favorites and giving their overall thoughts. Plus, is LeGarrette Blount better than Zach Zenner? These podcasters don’t think it’s close.

And finally, whenever there’s an NFL draft, you have to bring on Jeff Risdon. Not only is it mandated by law, but it’s darn well worth your time.

Ep. 187: Kent Platte and NFL Draft Questions

Brandon hadn’t been around in a couple of weeks. Not only did he miss your favorite Detroit Lions podcast, he missed a ton of draft coverage while on his honeymoon.

And everything concerning the NFL draft changes daily. H had a lot to learn and more than a few questions for one of Pride of Detroit’s draft experts, Kent Platte.

The man behind the RAS (Relative Athletic Score) method of comparing draft prospects from an athletic angle was a keg of knowledge. Nick and Brandon tapped him quickly, asking for takes on some of the most recently mocked players.

Because while Kent does plenty of his own mocks, he also helps PrideofDetroit.com maintain its mock draft database. And he makes sure the tape and the numbers add up. Thus, he was the perfect recipient of the questions.

We started out with the defensive players who have been shooting up the ranks lately. Jarrad Davis from Florida, Charles Harris from Missouri and the versatile Tyus Bowser were conversation centerpieces. Plenty of tight ends were also discussed due to the crop available and Detroit’s depth chart. Then we rounded it all out with some surprising RAS stories that’ll leave you scratching your head.

As always, we appreciate you listening and sharing with a friend. Please be sure to leave us a review wherever you listen!

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Ep. 186: Lions Live Mock Draft!

Nick is joined once again by SideLion Report contributor Ryan O’Bleness. This week, they go over the pros and cons of a few mid-round offensive weapons who could make sense for the Lions:

Juju Smith-Schuester, WR, USC

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

George Kittle, TE, Iowa.

Then the boys dive into a live on-air mock draft by using the draft game at first-pick.com. Both Nick and Ryan preach the needs at DE and OLB, but the way the draft shakes out forces them to go in a different direction in each of the first four rounds. Tune in for the results and see how you would feel about these picks if they happened for Detroit.

The full results of the draft will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so you can fully dissect the guys’ decisions.

Next week Brandon will be back after an extended vacation, so we look forward to the return of Detroit Lions Radio’s co-pilot.

As always, thanks for listening everybody, and be sure to share the podcast wherever you can.

Ep. 185: Lions Draft Pros and Cons

Nick is joined this week by SideLion Report writer Ryan O’Bleness to discuss the pros and cons of some of the players most frequently mocked to the Detroit Lions in the first round of the draft. Taco Charlton, Charles Harris, and Haason Reddick are all broken down in great detail.

Plus, we dive into Ryan’s most recent article, describing the statistics behind Detroit’s offensive output in 2016. How was playing time distributed? Where did the offense find the greatest success? What can these numbers tell us about 2017?

Next week Nick and Ryan will shift the focus over to heavily mocked offensive guys. And eventually Brandon will quit slacking off in tropical destinations and rejoin the show.

As always, we appreciate you listening and sharing with friends and family. And please leave us a review wherever you listen.

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Ep. 184: Eric Ebron for a Second-Rounder?

Don’t shoot the messenger.

Only one of us is in favor of such a deal. A second-round pick for the 10th pick of the 2014 draft doesn’t seem too wild for one of our co-hosts. And if you’re a long-time listener, you probably won’t be too surprised.

But that’s only one part of a wide-ranging conversation that touched on a little bit of everything.

We first stopped down the street from Brandon’s place in Phoenix, AZ, to check in on the latest from the NFL meetings. Negotiations are under way for Matthew Stafford and Ziggy Ansah. We didn’t hesitate to dive into fake numbers and comparative projections.

And, of course, opinions.

Then the conversation meandered to the coaching staff, where general manager Bob Quinn was noticeably quiet. Some find that comforting. They think that puts head coach Jim Caldwell squarely on the hot seat. Other media members are reading the tea leaves in another matter, and those polarizing opinions have split the co-hosts yet again.

There were some agreements, however, when we finally made our way to the draft. Well, mostly. Neither of us had an issue with trading Eric Ebron (of podcast title fame) for Myles Garrett straight up. We differed once the compensation was dropped to a second-round pick.

We topped off the podcast with a few other questions about the draft before getting to the breaking news about the new uniforms. Oh, and you won’t want to miss the hot Honolulu Blue takes.

As always, we appreciate you listening and sharing with friends and family. And please leave us a review wherever you listen.

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Ep. 183: First Round Feelings

Free agency only brought two signings in the last week. While the guys were sure to address the moves made, they could no longer resist the siren call of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Her song is filled with the college exploits from an unprecedented offering. Pundits have declared this draft to be overflowing with talent and achievement, which should allow general manager Bob Quinn to finish the foundation of his football team.

As you could expect, with so many endearing candidates, the guys had trouble coming to a consensus on where Detroit should ultimately land with the 21st pick. Haason Reddick and Taco Charlton were declared the most likely candidates, but which one is more important to the decimated defense?

The guys also dove into the mock draft database at PrideofDetroit.com, which is meticulously curated by Kent Lee Platte. I’m not even sure he looks this stuff up. He’s so deep into the draft that it seems he just knows.

The aforementioned Charlton leads the list as the most-mocked player for the Detroit Lions. However, the second player on the list gave both podcasters pause.

Malik McDowell.

Nobody will argue McDowell’s ability. The guy was on track to be a top-five pick just 365 days ago, but that year has changed the perception of him. Would he be worth such a high pick? Should Detroit gamble again after the Nick Fairley experiment? Look at the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Bruce Arians already has grumbled about his talented yet troubled defensive linemen, Robert Nkemdiche.

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