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BREAKING: Michigan makes major announcement regarding RB Chris Evans

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For the past week or so, there have been rumors circulating that University of Michigan running back Chris Evans had been kicked off the football team.

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On Tuesday, Michigan released a statement that confirmed Evans is no longer part of the football team.

U-M spokesman Dave Ablauf made the released the following statement.

“Chris Evans is not a member of the football team at this time,” the statement read.

From Michigan Insider:

Evans departs the program as the most experienced running back on the roster heading into this season, after largely playing a back-up role to Karan Higdon over the last two seasons, Higdon departed the program last season after graduating. Evans finishes his U-M career with 1722 yards and 14 touchdowns and 392 yards and two touchdowns receiving. With the emergence of the offensive line and Higdon last season, Evans saw his numbers diminish to 423 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

The 5-foot-11, 216-pound Evans’ dismissal from the program is a major hit to the depth chart at running back as its the second dismissal of the offseason after redshirt sophomore O’Maury Samuels was dismissed from the program in December.

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Drysdale: Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 1

Polar Vortex 2019!

What better time than to write up my first full Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Mock Draft?

Let me begin by saying these mock drafts are extremely fluid as free agency will play a huge role in what direction Lions’ GM Bob Quinn decides to go in the NFL Draft.

For example, I personally believe that acquiring an edge rusher should be the number one priority this offseason and I would have to believe that Quinn agrees with that. But if he goes out and signs a big name DE such as Trey Flowers out of New England (yes, please!), the chances of the Lions drafting an edge rusher with their No. 8 pick in the first round would drop, though it is still possible.

This volume of my full Detroit Lions mock draft focusses on what the current needs are at this moment in time as if not a single free agent is signed.

So, with that understood, let’s take a look at Vol. 1 of my full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft.


Round 1 (No. 8 overall) Rashan Gary (DL) – Michigan

Despite not having as much production as many projected him to have at the college level, Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary is the real deal and I have no doubt that he will be a top 10 pick. Gary would fit in beautifully with what Matt Patricia wants to do with the Lions’ defense and if he is available at No. 8, Bob Quinn should not hesitate to pull the trigger.

From The Draft Network:

Rashan Gary is a versatile defender with the needed abilities to be a disruptive force working from 3T. Gary has the ability to set the edge vs. the run and can be worked on the outside sparingly, although his pass rush skills are best utilized in scenarios that allow him to play with linear angles and with his hips aligned behind his pads to optimize his power and quickness.

To read the rest of the mock draft, please click on the link below.

Drysdale: Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 1

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JUST IN: Michigan gets two offensive weapons back from injury

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For those of you who were able to attend the Michigan Spring Game/Practice (or at least were able to stream it), you got a sneak peek at what the Wolverines’ offense will look like in 2019.

But even if you did catch the game/practice, you were not able to see their full repertoire of offensive weapons, including receiver Nico Collins and running back Christin Turner.

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According to Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, both Collins and Turner returned for the last practice or two of the spring.

From Wolverines Wire:

“Yeah, Christian was able to come back towards the end,” Gattis said. “Obviously, we were able to see him early on. He’s such an explosive player as a runner. He’s often a guy – the message from me to Christian is: ‘Slow down, sometimes.’ Everything doesn’t have to be so fast. I’m excited about the skillset that he brings, just from his explosive nature as a running back. He’s got great balance, vision and body control – everything you need to be an elite running back. And so I’m really excited about, when we get him back fully, Coach Jay Harbaugh being able to take his development to the next level and make him an elite player.

“And then, I was fortunate to see Nico get back out there yesterday. Nico did some individual drills. To see a big kid like that be able to sink his hips and stick his foot in the ground in transition, that just made my spring finish off the right way, being able to get him back in (individual drills) and how excited I am about him and his development. Obviously, he missed quite a bit, a big chunk of (individual drills). So I’ve gotta catch him up now, and he’s gotta catch himself up throughout the summer. Obviously, people have been able to see the talented player he is. I think he can be an elite receiver – I really do believe in that. And I’m excited to get a chance to work with him when we get back in the fall, and take his game to the next level.”

Though it is a great sign that Collins and Turner were able to return, starting wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones was unable to give it a go.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad announces he is transferring

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According to University of Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad, he will enter the transfer portal and hopes to play elsewhere in the future.

Veingrad, who was a walk-on, is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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