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Detroit Lions Draft: Rashan Gary vs. Greedy Williams

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#2 Seed: Rashan Gary EDGE, Michigan

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Pros

Hands.  Maybe that sounds odd that I’m starting with that, but it’s Gary’s best trait.  His ability to hand-fight at the point of attack and literally throw linemen out of his way can’t be overstated.  Few players show as much polish as Gary does in this area and the fact that he’s already at an elite level puts him far ahead of the competition.

Gary shows excellent quickness for a man of his stature has a great inside move against both ball-carriers and quarterbacks.  He has superb closing speed to finish plays with a flourish.  His violent hit-power can knock balls loose and cause fumbles.

Cons

Consistency.  Gary disappeared at times during games.  When his motor is running, he operates at full speed, but he appears to take plays off.

Rashan lacks flexibility and doesn’t have much bend.  He relies more on strength and his ability to fight at the point of attack, but he lacks true elite speed.  Change of direction is also a problem.  He can be pulled out of position by a ball-carrier and lacks the fluidity to recover in time.

#3 Seed: Greedy Williams CB, LSU

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Pros

Just about everything.

Greedy is a fantastic man-coverage cornerback.  This skill would come in particularly handy for the Lions who want to run a lot of 3-4 schemes and bring pressure.  Having a corner who can stay with a receiver in man is essential.

Williams has the speed to stay with any receiver on long routes and is at their hip going across the middle.  He still needs to improve in zone coverage, but he has all the skills to dominate in that scheme as well.

Cons

He’s not good in run support.  Williams lacks the size to help out in the run, and his tackling is…well, interesting is probably the nicest way I can describe it.  Footwork is the biggest issue here, and he doesn’t square up for tackles.

This issue could be addressed with some good coaching and Greedy adding some strength to his frame.

The Pick

I suppose a 2 vs. 3 matchup is supposed to be tough and this one definitely is. Both represent areas of need for the Lions, although they have addressed corner a little in the off-season. Still, adding Greedy to pair with Darius Slay would allow Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin to play on nickel and dime schemes. This would give the Lions a nice array of corners.

Add to that the fact that Greedy Williams is unlikely to be drafted until towards the end of round one. This would allow the Lions to trade down and still get him.

Gary, on the other hand, will probably go a couple of spots before the Lions draft. Anywhere from five to seven. It might not take much to trade up a spot or two, but it would cost something. EDGE is a massive need for the Lions, even more than a cornerback, and that’s what tips this to Gary.

Throw in a mid-round pick for next year and move up to six to grab Gary if he’s there.

Enough of my prattling though, let’s hear from you. Vote in the poll!

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BREAKING: Kelly Stafford returns home following longer surgery than expected

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According to Kelly Stafford, her brain surgery was a success and she is now back home.

“This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me.
I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have.
When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six-hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know.”

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This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know

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This is some outstanding news for a beautiful Easter Sunday! We will continue to pray for you, Kelly!

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LOOK: 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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