On Saturday night, the Alliance of American Football kicked off (not really because there are no kickoffs) with the Orlando Apollos hosting the Atlanta Legends and the San Diego Fleet traveling to San Antonio to take on the San Antonio Commanders.
If you are a die-hard Detroit Lions fan, you may be rooting for the Fleet, as there are a plethora of former Lions on their roster. But if you are a fan of the University of Michigan, the Apollos vs. Legends game may have caught your attention on Saturday night with former Wolverines Denard Robinson (Legends) and Deveon Smith (Apollos) going head to head.
With Orlando leading 8-3 in the second quarter, it was Smith who took the handoff and scored the first rushing touchdown in AAF history.
Check it out.
— The Alliance (@TheAAF) February 10, 2019
Nation, what are your first impressions of the AAF so far? Do you think it will garner enough attention to stick around for a while?
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.