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LIONS DRAFT: Devin White vs. Noah Fant

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As the second round of the MSE Lions draft madness rolls on, the matchups get tougher, and your votes count more. Today’s matchup features a playmaker for Matt Patricia’s defense and a new pass catcher for Matthew Stafford. Which one makes the most sense at 8? Well, that’s where you come in. Read my case for each guy below, then head to our @MSELions Twitter account to make your pick! Check back with us daily for each matchup leading up to the week of the draft!

#1 Seed: Devin White LB LSU

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Pros

Incredibly athletic and uber productive. White was a monster in the middle for the Tigers where he used his elite athleticism and speed to track down ball carriers. White is a former running back, and it shows in the way he plays the linebacker position. As a junior at LSU, he notched 123 tackles, 12 for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles. He and Jarrad Davis would form one of the fastest and most athletic linebacker duos in the NFL.

Cons

Size. Coming in at 6’ 237lbs, White is much smaller than you’d like in an off-ball linebacker. Will he be able to continue to make up for that with his elite athleticism at the NFL level? White also plays the game very similarly to the Lions Jarrad Davis. He can be slow to diagnose the play resulting in late timing to the ball. Would their similar skill sets play well alongside each other?

#5 Seed: Noah Fant TE Iowa

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Pros

Measuring at 6’4” 249lbs, Fant is an elite athlete with perfect size. Averaging almost one touchdown for every four receptions, he would fit the bill as a playmaker in the Lions offense and compliment the skill set of the recently signed Jesse James. With the ability to move all around the offense, Fant would be a matchup nightmare alongside Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. His size and vertical jump also project well as a red zone threat at the NFL level.

Cons

Fant has often been compared to a very polarizing player among Lions fans, former tenth overall pick Eric Ebron. While Fant is an even better athlete, both struggled a bit with concentration drops. Fant is also a project when it comes to his ability as a blocker. He has shown the technique necessary to be an effective blocker, but the tenacity isn’t always there.

The Pick

Both players project as immediate contributors to the Lions but are not without their flaws. Devin White is more similar to Jarrad David than he is a compliment to him. Ideally, the Lions could use an off-ball linebacker that can diagnose plays quickly. While Fant would be a dynamic playmaker but lack the immediate ability to contribute as a blocker. Given the positional value, I would take White over Fant. With one of the better defensive lines in the NFL in front of them, White and Davis would be free to roam and attack opposing offenses.

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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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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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