Each year, one team from the National Football League is selected to be featured on HBO's ‘Hard Knocks' sports reality television show.
The show follows the selected team through training camp and to say cameras are everywhere would be an understatement.
Appearing on ‘Hard Knocks' is not something teams are too excited about but according to league rules which were established in 2013, there are currently 5 teams that cannot say no. Those teams are the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and, you guessed it, our Detroit Lions.
Those 5 teams qualify because they do not meet at least one of the following criteria.
- first-year head coach
- appeared in the playoffs once in the past two seasons
- have appeared on “Hard Knocks” in the past 10 years
According to Bovada, the odds to appear on ‘Hard Knocks' have been released and the Lions are No. 2 behind the Raiders.
Team odds to be featured in the 2019 edition of Hard Knocks (Bovada):
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— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) February 12, 2019
Earlier in the week, Lions head coach Matt Patricia was asked about ‘Hard Knocks' and he prefers the Raiders are the team on the hot seat.
“I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they've got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch.”
Though it may be a bit of a distraction, I selfishly would love to see the Lions featured on the next installment of HBO's ‘Hard Knocks.' What do you think?
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