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Detroit Lions DE Eli Harold takes to Twitter, says goodbye to fans

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Though nothing has been made official by the Detroit Lions, it sure looks as if defensive end Eli Harold is no longer with the team.

Harold took to Twitter on Monday evening to thank Detroit and Lionsā€™ fans.

Nation, if Harold is indeed off the team, was it the right move?

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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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JUST IN: Detroit Lions drop 2019 schedule hype video

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The 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away and on Friday the team dropped a 2019 schedule hype video.

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Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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REPORT: Detroit Lions meet with standout cornerback

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The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and the Detroit Lions are putting their final touches on their preparations.

According to a report from Matt Miller, the Lions have met with former Central Michigan standout CB, Sean Bunting.

Bunting, who is expected to be drafted on Day 2, had 104 tackles and nine interceptions in 35 career games with the Chippewas.

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Detroit Lionsā€™ 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 ā€œexpertsā€ 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 theĀ Detroit LionsĀ who happens to believe to know what the Lionsā€™ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the ā€œperfectā€ Detroit Lionsā€™ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lionsā€™ 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.

FromĀ Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS:Ā Fluid body control to wriggle off blocksā€¦excellent foot quickness and change of direction skillsā€¦shot out of a cannon with his first stepā€¦forces holding penalties due to his gap quicknessā€¦creates knockback with his speed-to-power skillsā€¦ball awareness to track through blocksā€¦uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockersā€¦better than expected play strength as a run defenderā€¦highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelinesā€¦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:Ā Lacks desired frame and lengthā€¦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)ā€¦relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in collegeā€¦not a bull rusherā€¦undeveloped approach with his handsā€¦below- average counter measures once locked upā€¦faced inferior competition in the AACā€¦several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline ā€” Oliver has a ā€œyoung attitudeā€ and has ā€œgrowing up to do,ā€ according to an NFL scoutā€¦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:Ā A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college footballā€™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 wonā€™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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