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Not willing to work hard? Lions’ Matt Patricia does not need you around

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Changing a culture takes time and that is exactly what Detroit Lions‘ second-year head coach Matt Patricia is finding out. During his first season with the team, there were reports that some players were unhappy about how hard Patricia was working them in practice. That, coupled with a 6-10, last-place finish in the NFC North, goes to show that changing an organization does not happen overnight.

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The Lions have been losing for a long time (even when they did make the playoffs, they lost immediately) and that is not something Patricia is used to.

Coming from the New England Patriots, Patricia is focused on winning football games that matter and he knows it takes dedication from the owner of the team all the way down to the practice squad players.

In order to build a winning culture in Detroit, Patricia, along with Lions’ GM Bob Quinn, are focused on bringing in the right players and coaches who are willing to give 100% all of the time.

On Tuesday, Patricia was at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix and he spoke about whether or not he felt his players were buying into his philosophy.

From MLive:

“I think the buy-in (conversation) is always a tricky conversation,” Patricia said. “Everyone buys in when you win. It’s easy. But do you really know if they’re really buying in, or are they just kind of riding the train of winning?”

“Who are the guys who want to work hard?” Patricia said. “Who wants to do it the right way? Who are the guys who are trying to help us build longstanding success? Who are the guys who want to study the game and work hard at it? There’s just a different level of work ethic that some of the guys have that are going to come in, and that we’re developing. … It may be an hour extra here, or a conversation here between players, or being a little bit smarter in these situations. So it’s more about that than the buy-in factor. It’s about just the right type of guys that you put together as a team.

“It doesn’t mean anybody’s not a good player, or a bad person. It’s just about how you put your team together to build the best team. Because as we all know, it’s the best team that wins. It’s not necessarily the most talented team. So we’re trying to find the best team.”

“We tried to do the same thing with the guys we brought in last year, with (Devon) Kennard and those guys, and build around the guys who are already on the team who have that same work ethic,” Patricia said. “I mean, as far as last year, everyone was kind of just getting in the groove. This year has been great. There are a lot of guys I have familiarity with. One guy (Flowers) really coming from the Patriots. Justin really matured in Seattle, did a great job there. Jesse did a great job in Pittsburgh, great culture, great work ethic, things like that. Danny’s unbelievable, I’ve known him forever, but he was like that with the Rams. So, you know, just guys we identified in the league. (Oday) Aboushi is another real tough guy. He’s tough, he’s gritty, he grinds it out. And the corners — (Rashaan) Melvin coming from Indy to Oakland, was with me a little bit. So there is obviously some carryover with those guys, just knowing me a little bit.

“Just trying to add good, solid football players to our team. Guys we think can help us.”

It is very clear that Patricia is interested in bringing in players who are willing to go the extra mile to help the team. If a player is not willing to do that, he probably will not last long.

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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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