With the fifth pick in the 2013 Draft the Detroit Lions select….
Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU
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The Detroit Lions are team I will definitely be watching next season. The offensive should be explosive with Matthew Stafford, Calvin “MegaTron” Johnson, and now Reggie Bush. Who wouldnt want to watch this combination of NFL stars? The offense looks great on paper but I am interested on seeing how it all translate to the field. The team should a lot of promise in 2011 after starting off the season 5-0 and ending with a 10-6 overall record that landed them a playoff berth. The team faced a lot of distractions throughout the 2012 season but I look for the orgnization and head coach Jim Schwartz to clear things up and get back on the winning side of football.
Players to watch in 2013: Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Ndamakong Suh
Suh deflected a pass in the 4th quarter that turned out to be huge. It allowed the Lions to score 13 straight points and defeat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
The Lions were 10-6 last year and will go 11-5 this year. This young, talented team can only get better.
Ah, the Lions. They’ve been the punching bag of the NFL for the past decade now and things aren’t looking any better. Matthew Stafford and Co. will give it another shot. Maybe he can conjure up something halfway effective with Calvin Johnson, who has yet to achieve his full potential in the league. Kevin Smith has proven he can be effective when he’s healthy. Rookie Jahvid Best out of Cal could prove to be an effective second option as well.
Like any other year, the Lions will go as far as their defense will take them. That seems odd to say but it’s true. The Lions were dead last in the league in yards and points allowed per game. Their pass defense is dreadful. Their rush defense will get some help with the drafting of Nebraska hoss Ndamukong Suh. Still, he alone win’t serve as the antidote for this poor excuse for a defense.
The Lions once again will finish dead last in the NFC North with a record of 3-13.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The NFC North is all about Brett Favre. If Favre plays this season for the Vikings, It will be a tough race between the Vikings and Packers. Do the Bears and Lions have a better team then last season? Maybe they will compete for a wild card spot… read on to find out.
4. Detroit Lions: The Lions are known to be the worst team in football ever since Barry Sanders after the 1998 season. The Lions had a very successful decade in the 90’s, making the playoffs six out of the 10 years, thanks a lot to the help of Barry Sanders. What will it take to make this team good once again? They have a young potential star quarterback in Matthew Stafford, a very good running back in Kevin Smith, probably the best wide receiver in the game in Calvin Johnson and they have a new tight end in Tony Scheffler. All these players are top of the line, but, their defense is still terrible. Everyone knows that defense is important to having a successful team in the NFL and the Lions still have a long ways to go in that department. They did draft Ndamukong Suh to help their defense out, but other than him the Lions defense still has a lot of holes. The Lions may be a little better due to the addition of Scheffler and Suh, but they will still let up a ton of points. The Lions may outscore a few teams, but not many. The Lions will improve by one win this season with a 3-13 record. At least they are improving every year, just very slowly.
Click here to read the full article – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network
The Detroit Lions have the 2nd pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, and they face a difficult decision. Believe it or not, the Lions 2-14 record was actually a major improvent on their historical 2008 mark of 0-16. The Lions were actually competitive in a number of games and have something to build on with Matthew Stafford, who at times looked like a star and other times looked like a rookie, and Calvin Johnson who is an absoulte stud. The question for the Lions is who do they take with the #2 pick in the draft. I think you have to narrow it down to two guys, the best offensive lineman in the draft, Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, and prehaps the best player in this years draft, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Like nearly every unit on a 2-14 team, the offensive and defensive lines need upgrades, but with Jeff Backus and 2008 first round pick Gosder Cherilus, the Lions are pretty solid at the offensive tackles. The defensive line however, is another story. The Lions ranked 26th in rush defense and 29th in sacks, so their defensive line neither plugged holes nor rushed the passer effectively. For those reasons, Ndamuknog Suh should be the selection. Suh was the most dominant player in college football last season, as he was often double and triple teamed, but was still very productive in one of the top two conferences in college football. Many believe that Suh has the ability to step into the NFL right away and help a team improve, which is something that the Lion’s defense sorely needs. If the Lions take Suh, it will be a big step forward for their defense, as he will be able to anchor that side of the ball for the next decade.
by Josh Weiner at the Sports Fan Blog Network
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson practiced today as the Lions worked out for the first time since the Thanksgiving game against Green Bay.
Stafford played through a left shoulder injury against the Packers. Johnson played through knee and hand injuries. Both should play Sunday at Cincinnati.
“Neither guy was 100%, but both of them came out and both of them were able to get on the practice field today,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “I’m optimistic both of them would be without limitation on Sunday – at this time of the year, about as full speed as you can be. Everybody’s banged up and beat up a little bit.”
Defensive end Dewayne White (toe) and linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring) also practiced. But safety Kalvin Pearson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Daniel Loper (back) did not.
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