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Detroit Lions make big mistake by not bringing Mark Ingram home

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Not bringing in Mark Ingram to pair with Kerryon Johnson is the biggest mistake the Detroit Lions have made so far this offseason.

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With the injury history always lingering around Kerryon Johnson, a plan B is critical to have in place.  Johnson missed time due to injury during his collegiate career with the Auburn Tigers.  It was much of the same for the rookie tailback last season with the Detroit Lions.  His injury history dates back to high school where he battled various injuries including a sprained MCL.  While Johnson was widely considered better than others taken before him in the 2018 NFL draft his injury history made him a high-risk, high-reward type of player.

Last season Johnson showed flashes of brilliance similar to those he exemplified during his time in Auburn.  He’s not a power back but has no hesitation running between the tackles.  He’s dangerous when he finds a sliver of light and creates room to bounce it outside. In ten games Johnson averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 118 totes of the rock.  He scored 3 times on the ground and lost merely one fumble. He was able to catch 32 of his 39 targets for 213 yards and a score.

In my opinion, the Detroit Lions needed to add a power back to compliment Johnson’s skill-set.  The perfect back was available at a very affordable price. The Lions should have focused their attention on Mark Ingram.  Newly appointed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is expected to help repair an often invisible run game.  Although Ingram is not as talented as Marshawn Lynch, he is the same style of runner and could pick-up the offense quickly.

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Ingram had spent the last eight years with the New Orleans Saints.  The long-time Saint had seen himself in a crowded backfield for much of his first five seasons.  In fact, he’s never carried the ball more than 20 times a game on average anytime throughout his career.  Over the last two seasons, he split time often behind the elite talent of Alvin Kamara.

I was initially shocked when the Saints decided to let Ingram go.  He would end up signing a 3-year deal to join the Baltimore Ravens where he will see himself being the lead back.  He signed a 3-year, 15 million dollar deal.  It’s a one year “show me” type of deal.  The second year only has 500k in guaranteed money attached while the third year of the contract has no guaranteed money committed.  Think of it as a one-year deal, if it works out, keep him. If it didn’t move on.

The Detroit Lions tendered a one-year, 3-million dollar offer to Malcolm Brown of the Rams.  He’s a nice third or fourth back but has only achieved 514 career yards and one rushing TD throughout his career. He will turn 26 years old this May.  So for 2-million more, the Detroit Lions could have added Ingram.  He’s 29-years old, but a much more established back.  He’s got much more wear and tear on his body, but as previously mentioned he often shared a backfield, so his 29-year-old body is a bit more preserved than others his age.

Ingram would be an upgrade to last years’ power back in Blount.  He’s much more reliable than Zach Zenner or Ameer Abdullah ever was, plus he would push Johnson for the starting position.  If Johnson were to sustain an injury, Ingram is more than capable of handling the heavier work-load. Don’t forget the Lions have an excellent third-down back in Theo Riddick.  He always seems to be the odd back out, but he holds value with his stellar receiving ability.  The Detroit Lions are also considering veteran Spencer Ware.  I would rather have Ware over Brown but Ingram over both.

Mark Ingram attended high school in the state of Michigan. He attended Grand Blanc high school along with Flint Southwestern Acadamy in Flint, Michigan.  The Lions should have entertained a homecoming.  Last year Ingram galloped for 647 yards, averaging 4.7 a carry on 138 touches.  He also added 21 grabs totaling 170 yards and a score.  Over his eight NFL seasons, he’s totaled 6,007 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns.

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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 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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