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Detroit Lions draft: Josh Allen vs. Devin Bush

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#1 Seed: Josh Allen EDGE Kentucky

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Pros

Allen is an explosive edge rusher.  During his time at Kentucky, he piled up 31.5 sacks.  Seventeen of them came in his senior season.  He has an explosive step and tremendous bend, showing excellent flexibility.  Allen makes tight turns and maintains his speed while doing it.

His coverage skills are above average, especially for a rusher.  He gets into zones very quickly and displays the ability to cover backs and tight ends.

Versatility is Allen’s biggest asset.  While at Kentucky, he showed an ability to play with his hand in the dirt as an end, rush from the standing position, and drop back in coverage.

Cons

Allen needs to improve his hands, his vision, and against the run.

He has some decent hand-fighting techniques, but there is a lot of room for improvement.  Doing so would allow him to develop a better inside move and not rely so much on his speed to get to the quarterback.

Allen has yet to develop the ability to deconstruct offensive linemen sets and plan his rush accordingly.  He also isn’t ideal against the run as he struggles to shed offensive tackles in run-blocking scenarios.

It’s also worth noting that the Lions would need to trade up from eight to get Allen.  Most people have him going to the Jets at number three.

Trading into the top three is not an easy task.  The Lions would have to give up their eighth pick, and potentially a package of high round picks to make this move.

# 5 Seed: Devin Bush LB, Michigan

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Pros

Bush has outstanding instincts and is a huge hitter. He plays bigger than his size and punishes ball carriers. He has speed to burn and plays sideline to sideline. Bush has great hands and a real feel for the game. He projects as a WILL (weak-side inside linebacker) in a 3-4 scheme. The Lions are looking to run more 3-4 in their multiple-formation system.

Cons

Size.

Bush is small for an NFL linebacker. Many teams will pass over him as he lacks the true height or length to challenge slants across the middle. He also tends to get swallowed up by blockers in the second level and tries to challenge too much. Instead, Bush should use his speed and agility to squeeze around blockers, but that’s not something he currently does enough.

He can’t gain height, but he can certainly add a little bulk and learn to play more to his strengths.

The Pick

This is a very tough matchup. Both fit perfectly into a 3-4 system, and while Allen is the better player, Bush may be the better value. Most mocks have Bush going anywhere from 16-20 meaning the Lions could trade down and still get him.

Allen could be a transformative player on the defensive line.

Taking it all into consideration, I believe that it’s best to trade down, add some additional picks, and draft Bush around 15 or so.

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Former Detroit Lions’ CB Nevin Lawson tweets message for Kelly Stafford and her family

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Earlier this week, Kelly Stafford‘s brother posted a photo on Instagram which showed Kelly in the hospital preparing for brain surgery.

Since that post, there have not been any updates on Kelly and all we can do is keep her in our thoughts and prayers that all went well and she has a speedy and successful recovery.

On Saturday night, former Detroit Lions‘ cornerback Nevin Lawson took to Twitter to send his prayers out for Kelly the Stafford family.

Please continue to pray for Kelly Stafford and her family as they go through this difficult time.

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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.

Check it out!

Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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