Friday, December 17, 2010

RE-drafting the Lions - 2006


Just as bad as 2005, kind of a throw away draft yet again setting the Lions back. One average Linebacker, average Tackle and everything else was junk.

Round 1
1 - 9 Ernie Sims OLB Florida State

My Pick: 19 - Antonio Cromartie CB Florida State San Diego Chargers

Also could of had:
11 - Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt Denver Broncos
12 - Haloti Ngata DT Oregon Baltimore Ravens
23 - Davin Joseph G Oklahoma Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27 - DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis Carolina Panthers
28 - Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA Jacksonville Jaguars
29 - Nick Mangold C Ohio State New York Jets
30 - Joseph Addai RB Louisiana State Indianapolis Colts
33 - DeMeco Ryans MLB Alabama Houston Texans

I was pissed with the Lions for making this pick. Sims wasn't an early first rounder in most mock drafts. I had him going like 15-16. So when the Lions picked him 9 I didn't know much about him. I was all on the Cutler bandwagon. Cutler might have been a better choice, Cromartie was even better. There was lots of talent here. Couldn't have gone wrong with either running back.

Round 2
2 - 40 Daniel Bullocks SS Nebraska

My Pick: 60 - Maurice Jones-Drew RB UCLA Jacksonville Jaguars

Also could of had:
43 - Roman Harper SS Alabama New Orleans Saints
50 - Marcus McNeill T Auburn San Diego Chargers
52 - Greg Jennings WR Western Michigan Green Bay Packers
57 - Devin Hester DB Miami Chicago Bears

Bullocks had 2 years in the NFL, 1 sack, no interceptions...ehhh. With the trade of linebacker Ernie Sims earlier in the offseason and release of safety Daniel Bullocks, not a single Detroit Lions player remains from five consecutive years of drafts (2002-06). Hester is headed for the hall of fame, Jennings is amazing, MJD has over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Round 3
3 - 74 Brian Calhoun RB Wisconsin

My Pick: 108 - Jahri Evans G Bloomsburg New Orleans Saints

Also could of had:
79 - Jerious Norwood RB Mississippi State Atlanta Falcons
98 - Owen Daniels TE Wisconsin Houston Texans
117 - Leon Washington RB Florida State New York Jets
118 - Stephen Gostkowski K Memphis New England Patriots
119 - Brandon Marshall WR Central Florida Denver Broncos
126 - Elvis Dumervil DE Louisville Denver Broncos

Remember MJD's 5000 yards, Calhoun....50 yards. Nope, can't make that up. Evans has started every game since 06 for the Saints.

Round 5
5 - 141 Jonathan Scott T Texas

My Pick: 145 - Jerome Harrison RB Washington State Cleveland Browns

Also could of had:
155 - Jeff King TE Virginia Tech Carolina Panthers

Not a great round for talent. The lions did decent with Scott.

Round 6
6 - 179 Dee McCann CB West Virginia

My Pick: 215 - Cortland Finnegan DB Samford Tennessee Titans

Also could of had:
194 - Bruce Gradkowski QB Toledo Tampa Bay Buccaneers
207 - Antoine Bethea SS Howard Indianapolis Colts

Finnegan and Bethea were good secondary players, the Lions just missed on one of them.

Round 7
7 - 217 Fred Matua G USC
7 - 247 Anthony Cannon LB Tulane

My Pick: 252 - Marques Colston WR Hofstra New Orleans Saints
Miles Austin - WR

Also could of had:
246 - Quinton Ganther RB Utah Tennessee Titans
249 - Ben Obomanu WR Auburn Seattle Seahawks

Good wide receivers to be found at the end of this draft. I don't blame the Lions for drafting who they did at this point.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

RE-drafting the Lions - 2005


Another Top 10 pick, what a shock. Wasted pick in another wide receiver. If Charles Rogers didn't send this organization back enough years, Mike Williams sure did. Williams is having his best year this year, but for Seattle. He couldn't even make it on the field for the Lions despite being the third WR taken in the top 10. You could probably argue Troy Williamson and Braylon Edwards were just as big of busts. But at least Edwards has shown potential despite his dropsies.

This whole draft was a waste and one of the reasons the Lions have been in such dismay.

Round 1
1-10 Mike Williams WR USC

My Pick:
13. New Orleans Saints - Jamaal Brown, OT Oklahoma

Also could of had:
11. Dallas Cowboys - Demarcus Ware*, DE Troy State
12. San Diego Chargers - Shawne Merriman, DE Maryland
24. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rogers, QB California
27. Atlanta Falcons - Roddy White, WR UAB
30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Heath Miller*, TE Virginia
32. New England Patriots - Logan Mankins, OG Fresno State

There was talent to be had here if the Lions looked harder. Rogers turned out to be the better QB than Alex Smith. Roddy White was the best WR in the draft. Merriman had a few good years, Ware has been great. The Lions have always needed line help and didn't really need a WR that couldn't get on the field.

Round 2
2-37 Shaun Cody DE USC

My Pick:
19. (51) Green Bay - Nick Collins, CB Bethune-Cookman

Also could of had:
9. (41) Tennessee Titans - Michael Roos, OT Eastern Washington
13. (45) Seattle - Lofa Tatupu, ILB USC
25. (57) New York Jets - Justin Miller, CB Clemson
29. (61) San Diego Chargers - Vincent Jackson, WR Northern Colorado
1. (65) San Francisco 49ers - Frank Gore*, RB Miami (Fla)

Cody was average, having started 11 games in 4 years. Not what you want for a second rounder. 1 and a half sacks? Awful pick. Collins has the same number of sacks, and 20 interceptions to go along with it.

Round 3
3-72 Stanley Wilson DB Stanford

My Pick:
10. (74) New York Giants - Justin Tuck, DE Notre Dame

Also could of had:
13. (77) Philadelphia Eagles (from Kansas City) - Ryan Moats, RB Louisiana Tech
8. (109) Dallas Cowboys - Marion Barber, RB Minnesota
9. (110) New York Giants - Brandon Jacobs, RB Southern Illinois
13. (114) Houston Texans - Jerome Mathis, WR

Kind of a sad 3rd round, Chris Henry, Maurice Clarett. Forfeited pick by Denver(Salardy Cap).

Round 5
5-145 Dan Orlovsky QB Connecticut

My Pick:
10. (146) Philadelphia Eagles - Trent Cole, LB Cincinnati

Danny boy was average for a back up QB, but you can't blame them for trying I guess.

Round 6
6-184 Bill Swancutt DE Oregon State
6-206 Johnathan Goddard LB Marshall

My Pick:
10. (224) Dallas Cowboys - Jay Ratliff, DL Auburn
36. (250) St. Louis Rams - Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Harvard

Also could of had:
24. (198) New York Jets - Joel Dreessen, TE Colorado State
28. (202) Indianapolis Colts - Dave Rayner, PK Michigan State
39. (213) Baltimore Ravens - Derek Anderson, QB Oregon State

Ratliff and Fitzpatrick have been getting better with age. Both starting more games and doing better. Fitzpatrick sadly leads the Bills while Ratliff has 24 sacks in his career, which aren't bad things for 7th rounders 5 years ago.

Others taken this year:
Rob Bironas PK
Josh Cribbs WR
Jon Condo LS
Heath Farwell LB
Leonard Weaver FB

Friday, December 3, 2010

RE-drafting the Lions - 2004


This one ought to be fun. Two first rounders, Kevin Jones... not sure if he's in the league anymore and Roy Williams and his first down arm.

Jones was hurt near the end and had the same terrible offensive line we have now, but he just didn't live up to his draft position.

Williams on the other hand was talented. We ripped off Dallas by trading him for a 1 and a 3. Probably the best receiver since Morton. That first down thing that he does when being down 3 touchdowns was infuriating. Had some good Kitna years, but at the end he couldn't catch simple crossing routes as those poor Cowboys learned last weekend.

Round 1 - 7. Roy Williams WR Texas

My Pick - 14. Chicago - Tommie Harris, DT Oklahoma

Also could of had -
8. Atlanta - DeAngelo Hall, CB Virginia Tech
11. Pittsburgh - Ben Roethlisberger, QB Miami
12. NY Jets - Jonathan Vilma, LB Miami
16. Philadelphia - Shawn Andrews, OT Arkansas
18. New Orleans - Will Smith, DE Ohio State
21. New England - Vince Wilfork, DT Miami
24. St. Louis - Steven Jackson, RB Oregon State

Harris has had some problems, but 27 sacks? Take it. Jackson would be a no brainer. Wilfork wasn't as good, but the Lions need a nose tackle at this point.

Round 1 - 30. Kevin Jones RB Virginia Tech

My Pick -
34. NY Giants - Chris Snee, G Boston College

Also could of had -
32. New England - Ben Watson, TE Georgia
33. Arizona - Karlos Dansby, OLB Auburn

Round 2 - 37. Teddy Lehman OLB Oklahoma

My Pick -
44. Indianapolis - Bob Sanders, S Iowa

Also could of had -
43. Dallas - Julius Jones, RB Notre Dame
50. New Orleans - Devery Henderson, WR LSU
57. Tennessee - Antwan Odom, DE Alabama
62. Carolina - Keary Colbert, WR USC
64. Arizona - Darnell Dockett, DT Florida State
65. San Diego - Nate Kaeding, K Iowa
66. San Diego - Nick Hardwick, C Purdue

Bob Sanders has been beast when on the field. Lehman has the same injury problems with half the talent.

Round 3 - 73. Keith Smith CB McNeese State

My Pick - 81. Washington from - Chris Cooley, TE Utah State

Also could of had -
90. Atlanta - Matt Schaub, QB Virginia
110. Chicago - Nathan Vasher, CB Texas
119. Minnesota - Mewelde Moore RB
126. Kansas City - Jared Allen, DE Idaho State
137. Jacksonville - Josh Scobee, K Louisiana Tech

Of course you can make the argument for Allen, but by not drafting Williams, you would need some more fire power for Mr. Brees here. Smith was okay but shut down corner he is never.

Round 5 - 140. Alex Lewis LB Wisconsin

My Pick -
154. San Diego - Michael Turner, RB Northern Illinois

Also could of had -
157. Seattle - D.J. Hackett, WR Colorado

Not a great round for anyone save Turner. Turner the burner.

Round 6 - 172. Kelly Butler T Purdue

My Pick - Wes Welker WR

Also could of had - Jeff Smoker? Smoker the Coker.
188. San Francisco - Andy Lee, P Pittsburgh
Tony Romo QB
Willie Parker RB
Mat McBriar P
Jason Peters OT
Kris Dielman G

Parker, Welker and Romo were all great finds. Welker is feisty.