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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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Seemingly every article about free agency mentions the Detroit Lions. They were aggressive. They were bold.
Most of the pundits praised general manager Bob Quinn for creating a strong offensive line in front of the franchise quarterback. “He’s building the team around his quarterback!” they shouted.
These same folks discussed his willingness to get the best players on the market while letting his own guys walk for collectively more money. And who didn’t love the Darren Fells signing? He picked up the right tight end for the right price, which should set the running game up for success.
But few are acknowledging the dark side. Did Quinn do enough to help the defense, a unit which ultimately hamstrung the offense and cost the team numerous games? Is the gamble on D.J. Hayden worth it? Even for such a cheap price? Can Akeem Spence and Cornelius Washington be better than last year’s depth pieces?
That’s where we spent most of our time this week. The hardcore sites handed out individual grades and analysis. And while we don’t shy away from talking about specific players, we kept the focus on the big picture. Will there be enough opportunities in the draft to bolster a lackluster defense?
Possibly. Possibly not. And there’s still the possibility that Quinn finds another starter in free agency now that the dominos are falling after Dont’a Hightower’s signing.
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Sometimes you have to let a generic title come to you and do the talking.
But the Detroit Lions haven’t been nearly as passive in NFL free agency. General manager Bob Quinn was working the phones and cap numbers early and often, bringing in the top right tackle on the market for a reported deal worth $9 million per year.
You could say we were inspired here at the Detroit Lions Radio podcast. Since Quinn went big, we decided to go bigger, tapping the ever-reliable Jeff Risdon (Real GM, RedditNFL podcast, and too many other credits to list) to break down this signing with us. He also had a ton of knowledge he brought with him from the NFL Combine and even leveled some judgment about Jabril Peppers, who may be this year’s most polarizing first-rounder.
The guys also broke down what the Ricky Wagner signing meant for the Lions for the next few seasons as well as the rest of free agency. Will they still have enough money to land a big free agent? Should they use that money going after a difference-maker or focus on depth, like they did with linebacker Paul Worrilow?
There’s only one way to find out. So plug in those earbuds, act like you’re working and push play.