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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ victory in Miami

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Maybe, just maybe, we should start taking them seriously now?

After a slow start to the season, the Lions have now won three of their last four games. Notably, two of those victories came against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. On Sunday, they were able to add the Miami Dolphins to that list, by way of a 32-21 win in warm Miami.

Overall, the game was very comfortable for Detroit, who never seemed like they were in any danger of losing. In fact, ESPN’s “win probability” tool never gave Miami more than a 50% chance to win the game (and even that was only when the game began).

Though there is plenty to be excited about coming out of this game, here are my main three takeaways.

1. Kerryon Johnson is definitely legitimate

Maybe this shouldn’t even be a takeaway anymore? But, Kerryon Johnson is a legitimate force to be reckoned with at the running back position. Forget about running for 100 yards in a single game. This time around, Johnson barely needed a single quarter to hit the century mark. His first run of the game went for 24 yards, and he also broke one for 71 yards in the first half. Altogether, he finished the day with just 19 rushing attempts for a grand total of 158 yards. Needless to say anymore, but Detroit’s rushing attack is far from a weakness anymore.

2. They actually do have a tight end on the team!

Say what you will about the tight ends who are on the roster (before this game, they had combined for 10 catches for 74 yards), but Michael Roberts finally took it upon himself to show us that he can contribute. He did so by posting three catches for a team-high 48 yards, as well as two touchdowns. Although production hasn’t been easy to find from the position for the most part this season, Roberts showed us today that we can at least expect some contribution from the position.

3. They are capable of limiting opposing rushing attacks

Last week, when Detroit held Green Bay to just 98 rushing yards, it was a nice little surprise. This week, in holding the Dolphins to a total of 107 rushing yards, they’ve shown us that maybe the rush defense isn’t as bad as the season numbers have shown us. In fact, take away Kenyan Drake‘s long run of 54 yards, and the Lions held the Dolphins to 53 yards on 18 carries. In starting Brock Osweiler, Miami may have even been tipping their hat to the fact that the rush would be the primary option in their offense, but Detroit was ready for the task of stopping it. Sure, the numbers they’ve posted in the last two weeks are far from world-beating numbers, but they are at least showing us progress.

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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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