Take a look as former Lions’ quarterback Dan Orlovsky shares his thoughts on Amendola singing in Detroit. As you can see, he thinks Matthew Stafford and his newest weapon will work together just fine.
— Lions Insider (@Lions_Insider) March 11, 2019
Amendola should certainly be a nice security blanket for Stafford if he can stay healthy.
Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 2
The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is just about in the books, the prospect measurables are in, and it’s time to put together another mock draft based on the Detroit Lions current roster situation.
You are going to see a ton of mock drafts out there but it is ultra-important to remember that free agency has not even started and that will largely determine how NFL teams attack the NFL Draft.
That being said, the Lions biggest needs as we speak (in my opinion) rank as follows.
- Edge Rusher
- Tight End
- Wide Receiver
- Running Back
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what the Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Draft would look like.
Round 3, Pick 25 (88 overall) — From Philadelphia
Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State
The Lions currently have Darius Slay locking down one side of the field but after that, there is not much to call home about. Adding another formidable CB to the mix could work wonders for a Lions defense that absolutely must improve in 2019.
Enter Justin Layne out of Michigan State. Layne is long and he has the physical attributes to be a solid NFL cornerback. I honestly would not be surprised at all to see Layne move up into the second round, but if he slides to the third, the Lions should be all over him.
From Cover 1:
- Physical press corner who wins with aggressiveness
- Long arms instantly stand out when watching him on film
- Great ability to come up and help in run support. Has no issues sticking his nose into contact
- Has ideal ball skills and wins with length
- Jumps routes early and often with fluid footwork
- Can pattern match and get in the hip pocket of receivers that aren’t true speedsters
- Shows ideal flexibility when changing direction but still stiff in the hips
- Hip fluidity will be his biggest question mark when turning upfield
- Long speed has been an issue; struggled against true speedsters
- Tends to get too grabby downfield, especially in the red zone
Round 4, Pick 8 (111 overall)
Andy Isabella (WR) UMass
I have been all over Andy Isabella since Senior Bowl week started and the rest of the nation has hopped on the bandwagon. One of Bob Quinn’s biggest jobs this offseason will be to replace Golden Tate and Isabella is the man for the job. Not only his he extremely fast but he runs efficient routes that allow him to get the separation he needs. There is no doubt in my mind that Isabella would be the perfect weapon for Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense. The only problem is that rather than waiting until the 5th Round, the Lions will likely have to take him in the fourth since the hype is high.
At the NFL Combine, Isabella showed that he has elite speed as he turned in a 4.31 40-yard dash time.
From The Draft Network:
Andy Isabella is a player who has a much more prominent pathway to NFL success after the rule changes in recent seasons. A diminutive, non-physical player, Isabella wins with quickness and thrives in space. His best role would be as a slot/depth option on a team that looks to space the field and isolate their athletes one on one. Passing systems like the ones in KC and SF come to mind as specific favorable fits.
To see the rest of the mock draft, please click on the link below.